In Honduras, children with special needs are often left out of the school system because of a lack of services and resources needed to support their education. In many villages, if you cannot see, cannot hear, or have other specials need that may interrupt the flow of the class, you are excluded from formal education. Furthermore, most families do not have the means to care for their child with special needs so these children are often considered burdens.
Christine Croyle has been raising support to attend trips with SCW for years. On a 2005 trip to Honduras, Christine noted a great disparity in the opportunities available for children with special needs. Because of Christine’s passion, SCW has created a Center for Inclusive Education with the goal of improving mainstream educational opportunities for these children.
Check out the C.I.P.I.E. brochure for details.
Interview about the C.I.P.I.E. on the news in Honduras: Part 1 and Part 2.
Interview with Tania Antenucci of SCW: Canada on Univision’s Despierta America.
The C.I.P.I.E. provides assessments and interventions for children with various forms of disabilities, including learning, physical, and emotional.
Our mission is to provide rehabilitation services to groups and individuals of children with special needs, who are an integral part of the community of Santa Cruz de Yojoa and the surrounding area, and to integrate these children into the public education system and society.
By 2014, the C.I.P.I.E. will be recognized both locally and nationally as a pilot Center for the integration, empowerment, and educational inclusion of children with special needs led by an interdisciplinary team of highly trained, united, dedicated, and dynamic staff that develop creative socio-cultural activities.
Over 1,000 children have been assessed,
152 children are currently receiving services, and
Over 200 educators have attended training workshops.
SCW broke ground on a brand new facility for the C.I.P.I.E. in 2012! Click here for details.