Millions of students around the world are NOT receiving the Speech and Occupational Therapy services they need and deserve. What can be done to help?
All children should have access to the therapy services they deserve. Here are some of the countless initiatives that our team has taken:
Discrimination towards children with difficulty speaking or communicating is a known problem in Cambodia.
TinyEYE provided support to CABDICO, an organization dedicated to the empowerment of people with disabilities in Cambodia. Ratai - one of the many students requiring support in Cambodia - was completely nonverbal, could not stand up and could not complete any independent activities. She has been receiving Speech-Language Pathology services, and is learning to communicate! She has also learned to sit and stand independently and is learning how to walk.
A Speech Therapy course has been added to the University of Health Science in Cambodia. Speech therapy was also included in the Cambodian Government’s National Disability Strategic Plan for 2014-18. There are thousands of other children like Ratai in Cambodia who are finally being given the chance to receive the services they need and deserve.
“Education is the single best investment in prosperous, healthy and equitable societies.”
– UN Food & Agriculture Organization
In many countries around the world, education is considered a luxury and not a right. Instead of spending their time in schools, children are working alongside their parents or caring for younger siblings while their parents work. This is unfortunate because education is the single biggest factor in an individual’s empowerment and ability to provide for his or her family.
Kiva Microloans provide people in the most remote areas around the globe with the power to create opportunity for themselves. This opportunity then allows the parents to build an income for the family and frees the children to attend educational classes. The effects are outstanding. There are 69 million people in the world who aren’t in school. TinyEYE employees have banded together to create an unstoppable force for change, providing well over 100 loans in more than 37 countries.
Every year, 443 million school days are missed due to lack of clean water and sanitation. 50% of schools globally do not have clean drinking water. Many children are walking 3 hours a day to the closest water source – often a swamp or pond full of dangerous bacteria. This laborious and time-consuming task prevents them from having the time and opportunity to learn in school. Through charity:water, TinyEYE helped bring clean drinking water to Kenya. Now, children who were spending all their days gathering dirty, dangerous water are able to spend time attending school. They and their families have the time and the health to work, to learn, and to provide for one another. They have a future.
Every year, TinyEYE provides a donation to the Montana Special Olympics in honor of Laura Jo McKamey. Laura Jo was a leader in speech therapy in Montana, and well known throughout the United States. Laura Jo was actively involved in the Special Olympics, and saw her son AJ compete for several years. She was awarded the 2012 Spirit of Special Olympics award in 2012. Laura Jo passed away in May 2013 after being involved in a car accident.
TinyEYE isn’t just a therapy company. TinyEYE is a community of therapists and professionals who are passionate about making a difference in the lives of children everywhere. We’d love for you to join us.