Every child deserves to have access to a quality education. Unfortunately, in high-poverty communities around the globe, public schools are often unwilling or unable to accept children with intellectual disabilities. For that reason, Eternal Anchor started a special education school in rural Baja California Mexico in 2015. Today, we have 50 students and more than 20 local teachers offering quality, individualized educational services. A new school building will allow us to double our capacity and improve the quality of education we offer to our students.
The construction of a wheelchair shop will give Eternal Anchor the capacity to import, store, distribute, and repair mobility equipment for people with physical impairments. Eternal Anchor currently offers therapy and education services to more than 100 clients with physical impairments in the region. Mobility needs change with the growth and development of each client, so there is a great need for consistent and reliable equipment services. In addition to the 100+ clients that Eternal Anchor currently assists, the wheelchair shop would allow the organization to offer mobility assistance to even more clients in the region.
We are in the final stages of our second home build and we are now raising money for furniture. This home will be our pre-teen/teen boys home and will have space for six boys. Money raised for this project will help us purchase beds, couches, tables, chairs, shelves, cabinets, and closets. It will also cover the costs of kitchen cabinets, sinks, and appliances.
With two homes completed, we are now ready to finish our parking area. Currently, we park all of our vehicles on dirt. Loading children who use wheelchairs in and out of vehicles every day is a challenge when the parking area isn’t paved (especially when it rains and the dirt turns to mud). We are raising money to make the entire parking area wheelchair-accessible. When finished, we’ll have space to park 15 vehicles.
Our Ian is growing up! He’s been with us for almost two years now and we’ve had the privilege of working with his family to offer him early intervention and physical therapy. He’s now ready for preschool and we want to make sure he gets the education and social development opportunities he needs and deserves. A lot of preschools are not wheelchair accessible, but we found a local Montessori that is willing to add ramps and make sure everything is accessible for Ian. The annual tuition (including transportation) is $1,700. Please consider helping us send Ian to school by contributing to his tuition.
Every day we pick up 50 children and 20 adults so they can attend our education programs. Without reliable transportation, most of our students wouldn’t be able to attend our program and wouldn’t have access to a quality education, physical therapy, speech therapy, and occupational therapy. We are raising money for a van to replace a suburban that has broken down. The van will have more space to pick up students and will have better gas mileage than the suburban, which means we will be paying less each month on gas.
At our Ranch, we have a beautiful, wheelchair-accessible playground that was donated. As children come each week for horse therapy sessions, they get to play on the swings, trampoline, and jungle gym. We want children to access all parts of the playground by adding artificial grass around the entire area (just like we have at our home pictured above). Right now, the sand prevents children in wheelchairs from independently accessing parts of the playground. Turf will enhance their play experience and grant them more independence as they socialize with friends.
We are now hiring a loving couple to join the Eternal Anchor team as caregivers. This is what differentiates Eternal Anchor from all of the other special needs children’s homes in the state: a family model. The annual salaries for this new couple and an assistant is about $20,000 USD. We have been blessed with a matching grant of up to $10,000 USD, which means we only need to raise $10,000 more to cover these new expenses for the next year.