In El Florón, Ecuador, an invasion neighborhood for over 30 years, (an invasion is a neighborhood that is It is often left to squatters who slowly organize communities without the government’s knowledge or permission), people with disabilities do not consistently receive basic life-saving care or rehabilitation from their government. Providers have struggled for the last three years to provide services due to sporadic and incomplete government funding.
The “Ángel de la Guarda Therapeutic Center” is located in El Florón – Portoviejo – Manabí Province. The sisters provide services to more than175 children, young people, adults and elderly with different capacities or with the consequences of accidents. Services include physical therapy, language therapy, occupational therapy, psychology assistance and educational workshops on values, that will improve their quality of life comprehensively.
They work with children from 0 to 6 years old in Early Childhood Education, since at that age different types of disabilities can be prevented and treated.
For those unable to attend the center, home-based care (exercises prepared by a therapist) This also allows them to both work with the patient and give guidance to the family.
Funds are Needed
Last year Ángel de la Guarda Therapeutic Center received only 3 months funding from the government to pay the salaries of workers for the entire year. This year they have received nothing from the government. The greatest need is funding for the payment of workers’ salaries (Therapists, Psychologist, Monitors, Coordination). The monthly amount in salaries is up to $ 5,000. Yearly is near to $60,000.
They also support people with disabilities with medicines, diapers and milk formulas.
Immediate Charitable Response
Maintain consistent high quality services for our clients and engagement with their families.