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Centro Integral Misión de Amor

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Public Statement 2017

Title Constructing a path for the inclusion of PWD in the department of Intibucá
Type of organization NGO
Country Honduras
Duration  One year
IAF Funding   $50,000
Counterpart Committed  $54,750 (In cash: US$9,900; In kind: US$44,850)
Number of direct &
indirect beneficiaries
Direct: 90
Indirect: 260
Primary program areas Social inclusion


Organization
In 2005 CIMA was founded by several teachers who had received training in inclusive education. Legally constituted in 2012, CIMA works to create social, educational, and professional opportunities for disabled and at-risk youth. A general assembly composed of 45 PWD, parents, teachers, and local residents elects a five member board of directors every two years. Five volunteers and a special education teacher currently manage daily operations. Past achievements include training youth to make handicrafts, establishing an inclusive classroom at a public school, educating local officials on the needs and legal rights of the disabled, and using a local cable channel to raise awareness about the rights of PWD. CIMA has partnered with local, regional and international organizations to carry out their efforts, such as municipal governments and the Lions International and Rotary International Clubs.

Development Objective
To improve the quality of life and increase social inclusion of youth with disabilities.

Project Description
CIMA will work to improve the quality of life and integration of youth with disabilities by improving their technical skills, raising public awareness through a campaign about the rights of people with disabilities (PWD), and providing sign language training. The project will benefit 90 people and 260 indirectly in at least four municipalities, La Esperanza, Intibucá, Jesus de Otoro, and Yamaranguila, in the department of Intibucá, Honduras.

Rationale for Funding
Rather than giving handouts CIMA strives to ensure that PWD participate fully in civic life. As a result of a new law that requires the inclusion of PWD in Honduran schools, CIMA’s efforts in Intibucá have included informing the disabled population and their families of their rights, as well as raising awareness among local officials and advising school administrators on the law’s application. The IAF has not funded an organization targeting youth with disabilities in Honduras. Other IAF grantee partners that focus on youth will benefit from interacting with CIMA and incorporating youth with disabilities into their work. This grant will contribute to increased connections and shared learning with an underserved demographic group that is a priority for IAF funding.

Learning Opportunity

This project should provide insight into effective ways to advocate for the rights of PWD and increase the economic inclusion and self-confidence skills of disabled youth.