FUNDAL

In Guatemala, the Bonilla family adopted Alex, a boy with deafblindness. Their experience with Alex led the Bonilla family to establish FUNDAL. This organization primarily provides educational programs for children with deafblindness and other multiple disabilities. Guatemala is a developing country that is recovering from a civil war that lasted over thirty years. The Guatemala government does not fund FUNDAL and it does not provide educational or other programs for children or adults with deafblindness or multiple disabilities.

FUNDAL is a nonprofit nongovernmental organization (NGO) in Guatemala, which opened its doors in 1997. FUNDAL provides education to students with deafblindness and multiple disabilities-from birth to early adulthood. FUNDAL also provides training and support to their families. Approximately 75 students are served in three locations. Two campuses serve the majority of students and a classroom in a third location was recently opened. Outreach, home visitation, family instruction, and collaboration with other projects are also part of FUNDAL's activities. An additional 45 students are served by outreach programs outside the FUNDAL campuses.

At the time of this writing, FUNDAL's total annual budget is $519,500 or 4 million quetzales (4 million Q.). FUNDAL's funding is made up of approximately 41 percent from international donations, 5 percent from individual student sponsorships, 13 percent from other local contributions, and 41 percent from fundraising events such as raffles and bingo.

The average cost per student at the FUNDAL campuses ranges from $200 to over a $1,000 a month. These costs include staff, supplies, transportation, utilities, building repairs, etc. Currently, there are 20 teaching staff (teachers, physical therapists, etc.) and 7 staff in administration, which includes fundraising functions.

FUNDAL also funds an extensive outreach program, which identifies and evaluates deafblind and multipy disabled children. Outreach staff provide provide consultation and training to the parents, and instruction and therapy to the children.