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
The majority of families who have a child with a disability are forced to choose between the many treatments and medical services for their child because of money and time pressures. Families have to pay for expensive medicine and services including: doctor’s visits, surgeries and frequent brain scans, physical therapy, adaptive therapy, integration therapy, and psychomotor therapy, along with the costs of transport to and from each specialized place. In addition to cost considerations, all these appointments take up time which usually means parents taking time off work. We found that speech therapy is frequently the first treatment to be sacrificed, so many children don’t end up ever learning to speak or use basic communication. For that reason, Voces de Guiraa’ first began by focusing on offering services in speech therapy.
We found that speech therapy is frequently the first treatment to be sacrificed, so many children don’t end up ever learning to speak or use basic communication.
Over time, and as we became closer with the families, we realized that many of them are in need of services beyond speech therapy. Most of the parents we work with are single mothers, as it’s unfortunately common for the fathers to leave once they find out that their child has a disability. Three of the single mother families we currently work with have more than one child with disabilities. Other services provided beyond speech therapy are:
The program swiftly developed from being a fund for children with special needs to receive specific assistance, to being a more holistic and community-based program. We want to help these kids learn to communicate but also continue to develop community-based strategies to support parents by listening to their needs and desires.
Our program provides scholarships to families of children in need. To find out more about scholarship opportunities, click here.
The children in our program can benefit the most from semiannual commitments.
~$325 USD for 6 monthsDonate
Monthly commitments help children get specialized services.
~$50 USD per monthDonate
One time donations support group activities and help Voces grow.