Providing Quality Therapeutic Services on a Global Scale

Our Mission

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of youth, ages birth-21, with speech, learning, mental, and physical disabilities through direct services, advocacy, and training-based service projects.

The goal, to dispel the stigmas around people living with disabilities, and provide access to quality therapeutic services for people living with disabilities in underdeveloped communities.

Our Focus

people living with disabilities in underdeveloped countries.

The Result

The result, social inclusion

The Plan

 The plan, long-term sustainability for long-term impact

We are here to dispel the stigma around people living with disabilities on a global scale.

There is little to no access to therapeutic interventions for individuals living with disabilities in countries where stigmas prevent inclusivity and hinder academic and social growth of the child.

In Haiti, children with disabilities are labeled as karma for the parents’ wrong doings and consequently shunned from the typical community. Many villages believe that a person’s disability is contagious, and therefore they avoid interactions, limit social and educational opportunities, and in turn isolate the child. Families feel shame in identifying a child with a disability, or label them as poorly behaved, rather than providing them with necessary support to promote the highest level of independence possible.

While allied health services are valued and understood in well-developed and diverse countries, globally this is not the case. According to the 2019 census, 2.2% of Kenyans live with some form of disability. Further exploring this population, 42% of those with disabilities experience mobility related challenges, while seeing, hearing, cognition, self-care, and communication range from 12 to 36%. Across the world, approximately 15% of the population experience some level of disability.

Those with disabilities are more likely to experience adverse socioeconomic outcomes than persons without disabilities.

Access to quality services early on to promote development of skills and eventually life skills work to decrease the socioeconomic struggles in already underserved communities.

Volunteer With Us

We are currently accepting applications for volunteers to join the Telehealth program. Email us at volunteer@travelandgive.org

Our Founders

Martine Harris is a Speech-Language Pathologist, and founder and president of Travel & GIVE. Martine is Haitian-American, and grew up in Colorado Springs, Colorado. At 10 years old, Martine’s 16 year old cousin, Jean-Bernard Brutus (JBB), who was deaf was adopted by Martine’s mother and relocated to the United States in hopes that he would live a more fulfilling life. 

Our Team

Travel & GIVE’s executive team is comprised of allied health professionals (speech language pathologists and occupational therapists) who are active participants of their professional communities as providers, leaders, and educators.

Programs

Travel & GIVE’s (TAG) Telehealth program is the solution to the inaccessibility of therapeutic interventions for children (ages birth to 21) living with disabilities in countries where stigmas prevent inclusivity and hinder academic and social growth of the individual. Within many villages in Haiti, people believe that a person’s disability is contagious, and therefore they avoid interactions, limit social and educational opportunities, and in turn isolate the child. 

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Support the Cause

We are a small, grassroots 501(c)(3) monitored by the IRS. Our organization always appreciates the generosity and involvement of people like you, with every contribution going towards improving communities around the world. You can donate money anytime, and contact us about other ways to donate based the needs of each community we visit.

Q: Where does my donation go?

  • Operational Costs
  • TeleHealth Program
    • Translators
    • Tech Platforms
  • Volunteer Trips to Haiti and Kenya to monitor success of programming
  • Transportation for Volunteers and Supplies
  • Therapeutic resources
  • Expanding Our Efforts Across the Globe

 

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