School of Imagination, located in Dublin, CA, is a one-of a kind educational facility, offering innovative preschool, kindergarten and infant development classes, serving more than 340 children a week.
They strive to provide the best educational opportunity for children, with a keen focus on strengthening their individual talents and gifts. Their passionate and highly-qualified team of educators and developmental specialists also provide the largest array of individual therapy and tutoring programs to give children every extra opportunity to achieve academic success. And it all happens under one roof!
School of Imagination stands out from other schools around the country, because under one very big roof, they foster a compassionate student community of typically-developing and special needs students. And they couldn’t be more proud of that! In addition to their preschool and kindergarten classes, their award-winning Happy Talkers program offers a wide array of developmental services (speech, occupational and behavioral) for children in need of any degree of additional learning support. And this is where the “inclusion” comes in! They believe that when you allow children of both populations that chance to interact and learn together, you build compassionate, tolerant and socially aware individuals. When you see for yourself the magic that their inclusive environment fosters, well, it’s just a joy to watch!
El Oasis – 2007
El Oasis was formed by International Children’s Care (ICC) and is one of their 16 programs on four continents for homeless and needy children.
Created in 1992, the El Oasis Children’s Village in Baja California, Mexico is located in the high desert region which means hot summers and cold winters.
From its beginnings in 1978, ICC resolved that their facilities would not be a typical orphanage but rather unique programs designed to consider the mental, emotional, spiritual and physical needs of the children. They do not want to simply provide food and a roof, but rather provide “homes” and “families” in an atmosphere that would bring love and security to the children.
El Oasis – 2009
To this end, El Oasis is not a temporary stop in hopes of adoption
But rather a long term family oriented “home” where the children learn to live together and focus on their education. Married couples along with an Auntie serve as parents to 10 to 12 children in each home.
El Oasis currently has 43 children living in four homes spread across 143 acres. In addition there is a home for staff use, a church, central dining facility, student center and assembly hall, soccer field and a deep well for fresh water on the property.
Short term plans are to start an agriculture program and in 2013 volunteers helped establish gardens and put up a green house. Long term plans are to finish and open ten homes, build an office complex and a gymnasium for use during the winter.
El Oasis Orphanage is located in Valle de Trinidad, Baja California, Mexico
El Oasis – 2007
Nicaragua – 2007
The Wheelchair Foundation is a nonprofit organization leading an international effort to create awareness of the needs and abilities of people with physical disabilities, to promote the joy of giving, create global friendship, and to deliver a wheelchair to every child, teen and adult in the world who needs one, but cannot afford one. For these people, the Wheelchair Foundation delivers Mobility, Freedom, Dignity and Hope for the Future.
Based in Danville, CA and founded in 2000 by Ken Behring, real estate developer and former owner of the Seattle Seahawks, the Wheelchair Foundation has delivered more than 960,000 wheelchairs to 155 countries around the world. It is estimated that more than 100 million people in the world need a wheelchair but cannot afford one and their governments are unable to provide them with one. Thirty million of these are children and 90% of them are unable to go to school.
Nicaragua – 2007
The wheelchairs come in different sizes and configurations and are designed for the rugged conditions that exist in the developing world.
Each wheelchair costs $150 to manufacture and ship to the recipient country. The Foundation relies on thousands of volunteers in the US to raise money for the wheelchairs. The wheelchairs are then distributed through a network of social service, non-governmental and governmental organizations in the wheelchair destination countries. These distribution partners handle all aspects of the importation and distribution of the wheelchairs to children that can now go to school, adults that can now go to work, and seniors that can once again become an active part of family life and society.