Guatemala’s disabled children are facing an uncertain future.

While the number of children born with disabilities is rising, funding for private groups that care for the children is starting to disappear. And without any government programmes or assistance, these groups are all that’s keeping disabled children from a lifetime of neglect, discrimination, and abuse.

ADISA, a parent’s group located in Guatemala’s poor western highlands, started working with three children back in 1997. Today they’re providing special education and physiotherapy to 150 disabled kids. And perhaps most important are the awareness programmes that are slowly changing the way the local community views people with disabilities.

Al Jazeera’s David Mercer visited ADISA to see the work they do, and learned about what could happen if they run out of money.

For more information about ADISA and to learn how to support their important work, please visit:

If you have any questions about their work or their website, please don't hesitate to get in touch with me.


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