The association’s mission is to "provide children and adults with brain injury or risk of brain injury, with strategies for the prevention, early care and rehabilitation of the disability, under the concepts of high quality, sensitivity and respect for the individual with brain injury. We promote, with our highly qualified staff, a dignified vision of the disability and facilitate the taking over of spaces in the educational, social, occupational and recreational areas with a view towards an integration of quality". Dedicated to early care and a comprehensive, alternative rehabilitation programme, with nontraditional and effective strategies, attending newborns with high neurological risk, as well as children, youth and adults with brain injury, in order to develop their physical, intellectual and social potential to the fullest, and improve their quality of life and of their families.
It has the following assistance programmes:
- Early Stimulation Programme for Newborns with high neurological risk, which is a proven disability prevention strategy.
- Comprehensive Therapy Programme which caters to children and youth with brain injury through Neurological Reorganization and Hippotherapy (horse-assisted therapy).
- The Young Adult population is catered through the Occupational Therapy and Production Programme where they are trained in the handling of organic waste (such as paper, cans, plastic, etc. for recycling) for their workforce insertion.
The target group is aimed at children, youth and adults with brain injury or risk of suffering from brain injury and their families.
Beneficiaries: Currently, “Arca de Esperanzas” has 250 children and youth on a monthly basis who are catered directly: 150 newborns with high neurological risk, 12 youths / adults with disabilities and 88 children with brain injury, who are treated with different therapies, and over 2,500 catered indirectly annually, through: evaluations for children according to the human development profile, psychological support, trainings for teachers, rehabilitators and students in the areas of health and education, health promoters and parents.