by Corinne Yank, GoPhil Communications Manager
Centro Maya Servicio Integral, a leading institution in care, education, and social inclusion for people with special needs in Guatemala, was one of the first GoPhil partners to receive flexible emergency funding through the Rapid Response Fund.
We recognize that in times of crisis, historically marginalized groups are at risk of becoming even more marginalized, so we believe that extra support and attention must be paid in order to ensure equitable relief efforts.
“In the context of emergencies, field experience indicates that persons with disabilities are too often neglected in the contingency planning, assessment, design, and delivery of humanitarian relief… Ensuring inclusion of persons with disabilities during emergency response must be considered a core component of principled and effective humanitarian action.” – UN Study
With support from the Rapid Response Fund, the dedicated Centro Maya team continues to support special needs children and their families through ever-evolving circumstances and unprecedented challenges.