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Total donated in Ecuador: $187,215
Partner since: 2001

"The efforts to educate and improve the future for the people of this area are inspiring ... we were particularly moved by the students' performance at the Disabled Children's Orchestra in Quito."

Lois & Richard Dickerman
Estes Park, Colorado

Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra

The students at Sinamune must overcome mental and visual challenges to develop the motor skills needed to play a musical instrument—and in doing so, they gain the confidence to face many other challenges they might encounter during their lives. Furthermore, by welcoming OAT travelers, the school aims to educate the wider world about Ecuadorian music.

Since 2004, Foundation donations have helped refurbish the beautiful auditorium at Sinamune, where our visiting travelers enjoy musical performances. We've also supported the purchases of a vehicle, new computers, and musical instruments for the school; contributed funds for many building improvements; and helped to fund scholarships.

One notable project supported by the Foundation was the construction of the Alison Mae Regan room, a special multimedia classroom named in memory of a teacher of autistic children who died tragically in an accident at age 25. Because many of Sinamune's special needs students benefit from a more visual approach to learning, the electronic "whiteboard" and digital projector in this classroom enhance their instruction in subjects ranging from geometry to art and physics, which are taught here along with the school's special focus on music.

School in session:

The Sinamune Disabled Children's Orchestra is in session year-round, with vacation over the month of August and periodic closures for Christmas, New Year's, and other holidays.

Gifts to bring if you're visiting:

  • Crayons
  • Watercolors
  • Tempera paints
  • Puppets
  • T-shirts
  • Coloring books
  • Backpacks
  • Educational videos
  • Bookmarks