In every community, there is work to be done. In every nation, there are wounds to heal. In every heart, there is the power to do it.– Marianne Williamson
In Mexico, when a child has a disability there is often nowhere for them to go. They are generally placed into regular schools where they fall further and further behind, not receiving the care they so desperately need. Guiraa' (meaning 'together' in Zapotec) is a program which gives children a refuge, where they can learn non-verbal communication, critical-thinking, motor skills and cognitive development. Most importantly, Guiraa' gives one-on-one care and love, and helps children develop the skills they need to keep growing as the wonderful humans they are. Voces de Guiraa' is a scholarship program created for families who need financial support to be able to participate in the services Guiraa' offers.
Since 2017, the scholarship program has continued to grow thanks to the generosity of caring people from around the world. We currently have 54 active donors from Mexico, USA, Australia, England, United Arab Emirates, Canada and Spain supporting 16 different programs for kids from ages 2-13 years old. 100% of donations received go directly to children's education and family support programs, and no administration fees are deducted.
Guiraa’ was started by Viridiana Pacheco, a licensed speech therapist who began her career with Mexican government programs specifically in centers for kids with disabilities around the state of Oaxaca. She created the consultancy in 2016 located in the city center with the belief that all people should have access to specialized care, information and resources- something that she felt was lacking in her community. Voces de Guiraa’ scholarship program was created and is currently managed by Amy Burns and Tim Shephard.