Since deciding to focus our efforts on serving children with disabilities, the Educarte program is helping more kids with special needs than ever before. I am thrilled to see this program grow and I am especially excited that our partnership with ASU has continued to grow and thrive. For the past 2 ½ years bilingual therapists from ASU’s speech and language clinic have been providing virtual speech therapy for children in our clinic. Since we committed to serving kids with disabilities, professors from ASU’s speech and language and special education departments have committed to travelling to Rocky Point to provide consistent training for our Educarte team as well as other professionals in the community working with children with disabilities. We are thrilled to be a part of this exciting partnership and look forward to finding many more opportunities to collaborate with ASU and other organizations to help strengthen services for people with disabilities in the community.
Overall, our experiences over the past eight months have confirmed that choosing to focus our efforts on children with disabilities and their families was the right decision. It is clear to us that these are the kids who need us most. We are fully committed to providing critical therapies and special education services for children with disabilities, regardless of their family’s ability to pay. Unfortunately, we currently have a list of kids needing financial support and we do not have the funding needed to serve any additional kids unless we can find sponsors for them.
It breaks my heart that we have kids waiting for our support. Recently, I got a sense of how difficult it must be for parents of kids on our waiting list when I received the message below. After reading this message I became determined to find more sponsors to help kids on our waiting list get the professional help they need and deserve. My husband and I have committed to increasing our monthly support and I hope some of you will join us by setting up a monthly recurring donation of any amount at www.AmigosEducarte.com
Hello, Mrs. Duncan,
I am a single mom of three boys, ages 3, 7 and 16. Two of them have special needs and conditions. One has autism AND the other has ADHD and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. As you know, in México it’s very difficult for people with disabilities to receive the help they need. Nobody really cares and my kids have not once received any help from the government.
Currently the cost of therapies and transportation is more than I can handle. We also have the expense of medical appointments in Nogales and Hermosillo, which is about 8 hours away on the bus. All of these expenses add up and I work selling secondhand clothing in my front yard. I have tried very hard to find a sponsor so that my boys can receive therapy and have had no luck. The reason I am contacting you Is to ask if you would happen to know somebody willing to sponsor my children. I would appreciate any help. I’m trying very hard to be a good mom to them and I want them to have the same opportunities in life as anybody else. I know it may be more difficult, but I know they can do It. They are smart, they just need some help. If you can help me find a sponsor, I promise I will not sit back and relax and instead will work twice as hard.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
These are my boys, Andy, Leo, Darian
Nothing better than seeing kids get the support they need!