Exciting news all around! We're headed to Peru...
Following nearly two years of visits to Peru where we first met Vivian and Antonio, two children whose parents truly had no resources and very little information about autism, we're now officially beginning a project there. We've recently met Mapy Chavez, Peru's only Board Certified Behavior Analyst running Alcanzando, a wonderful center only a short flight away from the rural areas of Cuzco where Vivian, Antonio and countless other children with autism live. We've also met the people of Manos Unidas, a private school for children with autism in Cuzco, providing services to children with autism and related disabilities. In July of this year, a team of clinicians aided by volunteer high school students will travel to Lima and Cusco to set up a training partnership between the two organizations in Peru where Alcanzando has recently been named the official Peru partner of the Global Autism Project! All of us at the Global Autism Project are thrilled to work with Mapy and her staff in Lima as we travel to Cusco to provide training there as well.
This partnership would not have been possible without the tireless effort of Sara Costello, the Global Autism Project's Peru Outreach coordinator who started her involvement in Peru with a short volunteer stay, several years ago. We're so thankful to Sara for facilitating many of the relationships that have made this excellent partnership possible and are looking forward to her continued involvement as we increase access to services and awareness throughout Peru! This partnership maintains our commitment to building capacity of locally-led initiatives and creating awareness of autism within the community, now we're taking it a step further into the rural areas.
...and, you're invited!
Looking for a vacation where you can give back? One that lets you revel in local culture while becoming part of a global movement to increase autism awareness? On our upcoming trips to Peru and Kenya, you'll have those experiences! Join us in one of these beautiful and charming places to see firsthand the work that the Global Autism Project is doing! You'll have an opportunity to not only observe grassroots sustainable development, but you'll get to participate as well.
You're also invited to join us in Kenya.
We feel strongly at the Global Autism Project that if more of our donors were able to see the work we do and the impact we have on communities for themselves, you'd be impressed! In 2012, we're rolling out several opportunities to travel with us to learn more about where we work, how we work and why we work. Once you meet the families and communities for yourselves, you'll understand the why immediately. Pooja Panesar, the woman about to become Africa's very first BCBA is excited to welcome you to her center, to introduce you to the fabulous community of autism advocates she's built and to introduce you to the people with autism who inspire it all!
We're also excited to report that thanks to some generous support, we're able to invite our partners from all over the world to join us for two very important upcoming conferences as well as tour some exemplary schools here in the US in both NYC and Seattle, WA. We're looking forward to their visits and are so thankful to the schools providing the excellent experiences for them to see firsthand.
As you can see, there are lots of incredible opportunities to get involved with our work, meet our partners and simply join us in support of the work we're doing. We're looking forward to getting to know more of you personally in the coming year! Please never hesitate to contact me directly with any questions.
All My Best,
Molly Ola Pinney