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Expanding our services in Peru

31 October 2013
Posted by James Thornberry

James Thornberry

Just over a week ago I went to visit our office in Peru and to meet with Government officials to talk about the expansion of our work in South America.

Earlier this month, we received the fantastic news that we have been awarded a grant of £499,687 from the Big Lottery Fund to support deafblind people in Peru. This funding will make a sizeable difference to our programmes in South America and will allow us to extend our work supporting both children and adults in the region.

Over the next four years with this additional funding the team in Peru will run a number of programmes that will improve the primary education, livelihoods and health of deafblind people. This will include both the direct delivery of services and supporting other professionals such as teachers who are working with deafblind children day to day.

As well as providing practical support, there will be an advocacy element to the programme. Our staff working in the field will share their experiences of advocacy and provide training to other professionals and partner organisations in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela that will benefit deafblind children and adults. Historically Sense International Peru has shown a great strength in campaigning for the rights of disabled people. Most notably with the legal recognition of deafblindness as a disability by the Peruvian Goverment around this time last year. Having the chance to pass on these skills is a great opportunity to share from our experience and see advocacy programmes for deafblind people develop in other neighbouring countries.

Over the coming months myself and the team in Peru will be able to provide more information about how we are starting to implement these projects and we will hopefully have a great deal of success to report back.

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First published: Friday 7 June 2013
Last updated: Thursday 18 September 2014