For a number of years, the women of Madre Oliva Association have provided support and encouragement to families in Nuevo Mocupe, a number of whose members (children and adults) have developmental disabilities.
For a second year, Heart-Links is funding a project, run by Madre Oliva, that seeks to provide these individuals and their families with more robust and sustained support and to work with local institutions to overcome barriers to accessing services and to enjoying full participation in the life of their communities.
With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, provision has also been made to provide food, masks and cleaning supplies and to help families access government aid.pandemic benefits.
Madre Oliva will continue to provide medications, diagnoses by specialists, and psychological and life skills counselling. They will work with the school and the local health unit to ensure people living with developmental disabilities in their communities receive appropriate attention and do not face discrimination.