As a supporter of non-profits and community outreach programs, I wanted to highlight a very dynamic and unique grassroots start-up that is raising awareness and focusing on educating those with intellectual challenges
Enabling Minds (EM) began with a group of friends who shared a common interest in helping the less fortunate around the world. Many of the friends in this group were involved in providing on-the-ground medical assistance to those affected by the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and had developed an affinity for the people and the culture of Haiti. After much thought and deliberation, many in the group realized that they shared a common passion for working with those with intellectual disabilities, and the group explored opportunities to work with this population.
In May 2012 representatives from EM (Enabling Minds) embarked on a trip to Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti to do a fact-finding mission on the status of people with intellectual disabilities. The group traveled to the Scalabrini mission where one of the members had previously stayed to work on a humanitarian project. During the trip, the group learned first-hand about the harsh realities for people with intellectual disabilities in Haiti. These hardships included higher rates of malnutrition, abuse, and discrimination. After some research, the representatives learned that these conditions, unfortunately, are not unique to Haiti. Many children with intellectual disabilities across the world are not in school for many reasons including a lack of resources and stigmas associated with disabilities. EM believes that everyone has a right to an education, and has developed a plan to enroll 11 children with intellectual disabilities into a wonderful private school on October 1, 2013! As part of this effort, EM is teaming up with the Special Olympics Haiti to coach these children in a sports program two days a week. The school has never previously hosted children with intellectual disabilities, and the children EM has identified have never previously been in school. This will be a new and exciting experience for everyone involved, and hope it will be a constructive and positive learning experience for students, teachers, staff, and administration. The cost to fully fund an academic year for our 11 students is $8,500. This will include educational expenses, as well as transportation, meals for our project, which will fully fund these children’s education, and will cover transportation, meals, and the salary for their teachers and Special Olympic coach.
To ensure EM can realize their goal, they will be hosting their first ever fundraising dinner on Thursday September 26th 2013 at Camden Roosevelt in Washington DC. I encourage you to come out and join us on this momentous occasion. The tickets for the fundraising dinner are only $20. If you cannot make it, please support us as a virtual participant. Secure your tickets to the event by clicking the link below:
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Please assist EM as they begin to change the status quo for the intellectually disabled population in Haiti!
And spend [in the way of Allah] from what We have provided you before death approaches one of you and he says, “My Lord, if only You would delay me for a brief term so I would give charity and be among the righteous.” But never will Allah delay a soul when its time has come. And Allah is acquainted with what you do. (63:10-11)