Children with disabilities are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in the Philippines. More often than not, these children experience social stigma and discrimination. This hinders them in exercising their rights and freedom.
Education is an integral part of the holistic growth and development of a child. However, only a small percentage of Filipino children with disabilities receive social and medical services and can access a quality education.
Poverty and lack of information are among the reasons why children with disabilities are excluded.
To address these barriers, Save the Children Philippines, in partnership with the IKEA Foundation, is implementing a three-year project that promotes and supports inclusive education for children with disabilities, aged three to 12 years.
This project provides children with medical assessment and assistive devices to help them cope in school. At the same time, it helps teachers, parents and communities create a more welcoming and supportive environment for all children.
I am honored and blessed to be part of this project, which creates positive change in children’s lives. Nothing can compare with the satisfaction I feel every time I witness the children we work with express their gestures of happiness.