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For the eighth consecutive year, we renewed the collaboration agreement with the NGO “Senderos de Maíz” for the rehabilitation and integration of 600 visually or hearing impaired children from the department of Sololá in traditional schools in the country.
It is estimated that only 14% of the indigenous population with disabilities have access to education, and most of them barely complete primary education. For this reason, in 2012 we started to collaborate with the NGO “Senderos de Maíz” (which has been supporting people with disabilities for over 18 years) to provide psychological and medical care to children between the ages of 3 and 18 who are profoundly deaf or totally blind or have very low vision.
Thanks to the budget provided by our Foundation, which amounts to 20.000 euros, this year 602 students will be able to attend the Deaf’ School in Panajachel and the secondary education module of the National Institute of Education. We will also finance the training of 155 teachers and 2 volunteers in sign language and braille as well as the families of the students to improve their communication with their children.
With this project, the Barceló Foundation and Senderos de Maíz aim to improve the quality of life of these teenegers with chronic sensory disabilities, integrate them into regular schools in Guatemala and consequently increase the number of students enrolled.
In these hard moments marked by COVID-19, the classes are temporarily stopped but the teachers distribute activity sheets to all the beneficiaries of the project within the mobility hours established by the government of the country, as well as spoken or sign language instructional videos to all the families of their students.