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Celebrating the conclusion of the Project 'Improving Opportunities for Deafblind People’ in Peru

4 April 2018

At the end of January 2018, Sense International concluded the project ‘Improving Opportunities for Deafblind People’ in Peru, implemented with support from the Big Lottery Fund, among others. We are thrilled with the results of this project. The targets that we set were not only achieved but, in most cases, surpassed – all thanks to the excellent work and commitment of the team in Peru and their network of local and international partners.

Since its initiation in 2014, the programme of work has focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities, as well as creating opportunities for them to receive quality education and vocational training. Primarily working with partners in six regions of Peru, the project also engaged organisations in the wider Andean region, increasing understanding of deafblindness and improving advocacy for the rights of persons with deafblindness in Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela.

A young child lays on cushions and fabric, supported by two women, all on a grassy hill in front of mountainsCommunity-based rehabilitation (CBR) services being provided in remote communities with little access to specialist healthcare.

Key highlights

  • 67 Special Basic Education Schools are now providing quality education to children with some of the most complex disabilities following the training of 498 teachers. This has enabled a total of 2,708 children with deafblindness and multiple disabilities to receive an education, in many cases for the first time.
  • 117 children benefitted from CBR services to improve their health and wellbeing. 351 family members expressed satisfaction with the positive progress and results observed.
  • 83 adults with deafblindness developed occupational skills in the areas of bakery, jewellery-making and massage, supported by 166 parents and family members. 20 adults are now generating an income from a livelihood, with personal benefits that extend far beyond financial gain, such as increased confidence, self-esteem and recognition by family and community members.
  • 303 guide interpreters were trained to meet the communication and mobility needs of persons with deafblindness.
  • 150 professionals from Bolivia, Ecuador and Venezuela attended training to increase their understanding of deafblindness and advocacy strategy. There is already evidence of the impact of this training in the advocacy work underway in each of these countries (more below).

A young boy touches the face of a woman in a classroom

Special Education teachers have been trained in communication methods to improve their ability to provide quality education to their students.

A young man proudly shows of a baking tray of pastries to a cheering room of people

A young chef displays his vol-au-vents with pride. Vocational training not only develops occupational skills, but also offers personal benefits such as improved confidence and self-esteem.

Sharing Experience

The end of the project was marked with representatives from each of the partner organisations involved in the project coming together to analyse the results of the project, and consider its impact as part of the final evaluation. This was also an ideal opportunity for information exchange and sharing of experiences.

Sandra Altamirano from ‘Centro 4 de Enero’ in Ecuador shared a campaign focused on the rights of persons with disabilities developed following advocacy training. The ‘Cuenta Conmigo’ (‘Count on Me’) campaign was part of the ‘More Inclusive Guayaquil’ initiative led by the Municipality of Guayaquil, Ecuador. Working with popular Ecuadorian singer-songwriter Daniel Beta, they produced an inspiring campaign video (View the video on YouTube):

The main chorus of the song is translated as follows:

"Count on me
I’ll be there
Together, whatever happens
Count on me,
We’ll go as far as the sun
And nothing will stop us!”

If you would like to learn more about the ‘Improving Opportunities for Deafblind People’ project in Peru, you can watch Sense International Peru’s video below, which explores the different elements of our work (View the video on YouTube):

Find out more

Find out more about the work of Sense International in Peru.

 

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Wednesday 4 April 2018