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Transforming Lives in Peru

15 September 2017

Emily is beaming with happiness during her therapy session

CBR provides individually-tailored support to young people with deafblindness and multiple disabilities so that they can develop communication and life skills in familiar environments, such as the home. These skills support physical and psychological development, enhance relationships and interactions with others, and often open the door to opportunities such as education, vocational training and independent living.

Read Emily’s story to find out more about the transformational effect of CBR for children and their families.

Sense International Peru has been providing CBR support in some of the country’s most marginalised communities since 2008, including in Lima, Arequipa and Cusco. With a sound model of intervention and a strong rapport with individuals, families and communities, the next step is to secure the longevity of the programme.

Earlier this year, Ricardo Zevallos (Director, SI Peru) presented the programme to representatives at the Ministry of Health with a view to securing long-term professional support for CBR beneficiaries. This approach has been met with positive results. The Ministry is now coordinating with the relevant Regional Health Directorates to ensure the sustainability of the rehabilitation process for the young people currently involved.

Ricardo told us:

"We have achieved the commitment of the Ministry of Health to ensure that our current CBR beneficiaries continue to receive care in their functional rehabilitation process. Of greatest importance to this success was demonstrating the effectiveness of our programme.”

Emily's story

Emily is receiving treatment as part of her therapy

Sense International (Peru) is turning sixteen-year-old Emily’s life around.

Emily suffers from cerebral paralysis with associated low vision. She lives in Lima with her parents and 26-year-old brother, who supports the entire family. Emily was first identified by the CBR team when she was fifteen. They observed that she appeared sullen and easily upset, and found it difficult to adapt to new surroundings or people.

After developing her personal rehabilitation plan, the CBR assistant started to work with Emily twice a week, providing therapies such as visual stimulation to activate her reactions and awareness. The CBR assistant also worked closely with Emily’s family, encouraging them to support her and to be more resilient.

A trained specialist is helping Emily as part of her therapy

Emily has undergone a complete transformation, becoming more active, exploring her environment, and willingly trying out new experiences. She has started to express happiness and enjoys interacting with others. She is especially happy when she is looking at the lights and materials that the CBR assistant uses during her therapy sessions.

Emily’s family have been surprised by her achievements, and this has caused them to change their perception of her impairments. They now feel proud and supportive of their daughter.

Emily’s mother, Edna, told us:

“She enjoys life more than ever – that is what matters, my daughter is considerably happier.”

Emily is receiving treatment as part of her therapy

With your support, we have been able to provide life-changing CBR support to children and young people with deafblindness and multiple disabilities in Peru and beyond. Thank you.

First published: Tuesday 18 June 2013
Last updated: Friday 6 December 2019