Mobile Outreach for Children with Disabilities

Cartagena, a city of more than one million inhabitants, is located on the Caribbean coast of Colombia. One third of the population lives below the poverty line. For parents living in poverty with a disabled child, often with a very low level of education, the financial, social and above all emotional burden is extremely high.

The Aluna Movil project staff goes to the homes of families with disabled children living in socially disadvantaged urban neighborhoods to provide special-needs education measures. This not only promotes the child’s developmental potential, independence and health, but also strengthens the parent-child relationship. The Aluna team accompanies and supports the children during the process of being integrated into the local health and education systems. In addition, the staff at the local daycare centers are able to take advantage of training opportunities in areas such as learning to recognize impairments in the overall development of young children.

In this way, the project aims to improve the quality of life of people with disabilities, promote respect for their dignity, support their personal autonomy, and strengthen their socio-cultural and family integration.

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