People with disabilities make up one of the most disadvantaged sectors in society in Honduras, and they often lack the opportunities for special education or support they need in order to be successful within their communities. Un Mundo's Cangrejal Special Education and Health Project (CSEHP) addresses this problem by facilitating access to education and healthcare for children, youth and adults with cognitive, physical and learning challenges living throughout the communities of the Cangrejal River Valley in Northern Honduras.
CSEHP is a localized program that is tailored to the needs of each individual. It is the only known program in Honduras where children with disabilities are integrated and supported within the public school and health systems, unlike the traditional exclusionary methods used throughout Honduras. It is the only program of its kind in Honduras, having been planned and implemented by and for the families of children with disabilities.
In addition to making it possible for over 20 students from the Cangrejal Valley to attend the Emilia D’ Cuire School for Special Education in the nearby city of La Ceiba for 5 years, the project has organized the Special Needs Association, a group of dedicated parents, teachers and other allies who are committed to ensuring that local individuals with special needs thrive.