Scholarship recipients are evaluated and chosen based on economic stability, family situation and belief in the ability to succeed in the program. Families apply for the scholarship with a written letter and in-person evaluation. Many come to Guiraa' after losing or not having the ability to pay for services, losing previous government support or denial of services due to age or improvement, or are brought to the center by other families already in the program.

The children that are currently receiving scholarships have one or several of the following conditions:

  • Tubular Sclerosis
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Pervasive Development Disorder
  • Down Syndrome
  • Severe Autism
  • Angelman Syndrome
  • Echolalia
  • Microcephaly
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Severe hyperactivity
  • Hypotonia
  • Perinatal hypoxia
  • Delays due to neglect and malnutrition
  • Undiagnosed cerebral immaturity and developmental delays

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The children in our program can benefit the most from semiannual commitments.

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Monthly commitments help children get specialized services.

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Thanks to your donations

The program has been able to provide the following scholarships. This list is not comprehensive, it is meant to appreciate our donors and to give future donors a better sense of the program. Names and other specifics have been changed to respect the privacy of the children and their families.

9 year old girl

Juana has tubular sclerosis. When she started having seizures several times every hour, her parents had to choose to pay for expensive medication instead of paying for speech therapy. The scholarship program started with this family after we realized that many parents have to make similar choices, and although very important, speech therapy is not usually the priority when it comes to the several medical treatments needed.

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Sponsored by Erik and Linae Altman of Concord, USA

June 2017 - Ongoing

13 year old boy

Carlos was diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder which is particularly unique because he has developed language, but only uses his speech to interact with himself while using various voices and tones. His classes with Guiraa’ are aimed at using his speech to communicate with other people with the goal to help him be able to develop social relationships.

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Sponsored by Lina BenEmbarek of Montreal, Canada

May 2019 - Ongoing

4 year old girl

Carlota was a premature baby along with her twin sister, Mariana. Carlota can speak but can’t walk, and Mariana can walk but can’t speak. Her parents were able to focus on paying for the physical surgeries that Carlota needed while Guiraa’ was helping Mariana learn how to speak without a cost to the family.

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Sponsored by Dolores Perez of Guadalajara, Mexico

December 2018 - February 2020

6 year old boy

Javier has Angelman Syndrome. His brother, who has Down Syndrome, has been a student at Guiraa’ for over a year. Their mother could only afford to give medical attention to one of her sons, but now with this scholarship program, both of her kids are able to get therapy.

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Sponsored by Donor from Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

December 2018 - Ongoing

8 year old girl

Carolina was born to a single mother who is a prostitute; she decided the best place for Carolina would be with DIF government program. It is believed that Carolina has Cerebral Palsy but only receives minimal treatment because of the government’s lack of resources. Carolina developed quickly when the government helped her with physical therapy, so we think that speech therapy can aide her to begin to speak and able to communicate. This relationship is particularly important because Carolina will not be able to be under government supervision after she turns 18 years old.

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Sponsored by Emma Leonard of Sydney, Australia

January 2018 - July 2019

3 year old boy

Lalo has Down Syndrome and when his parents were on a long list for aide from the government for medical attention and assistance, we realized that we could support him directly during his most important years of development. He has made great progress with his facial motor skills and is now able to control his tongue which was a main challenge for speech that he couldn’t do before.

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Sponsored by Katie Brauer of San Francisco, USA

February 2018 - Ongoing