CEOLI, a center for disabled youth, was founded in 1986 as an oasis of caring, education, and help that serves nearly 150 children and young adults in the Cochabamba area. CEOLI strives to not only support the disabled but to work closely with families and the community to change the societal views of people with disabilities, to show all they are capable of rather than focusing on what they cannot do. As a non-profit organization, CEOLI relies on private donations and very minimal payments from the families of the mentally and physically challenged who are served.
The CEOLI Team
“CEOLI is a place that emphasize abilities and a reminder of good things in the world. We help discover and recognize the talents of children and empower them through acts of good will” – Jean Carla Costas, Board member
“CEOLI is not just a center, it is an extension of home. CEOLI is a place where dreams and longings become possible, a place of acceptance, hope and lots of love” – Ximena Aira, Mom of a CEOLI student and a Board member
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An essential tool to help children with physical disabilities by allowing them to use muscle movement and brain-body connection in a low impact environment.
1-on-1 sessions are a safe and effective way to work on range of motion and muscle strength.
Multi-sensory therapy experience that provides relaxed atmosphere with pleasant surroundings, soothing sounds, captivating aromas, tactile experiences, massage and vibration, vibrosonic sensations, and gentle movement to help children self-regulate.
Beneficial for a variety of disabilities such as autism, cognitive disabilities, and emotional regulation issues.
This may involve resistance bands to correct postural alignment, weight bearing exercises to normalize muscle tone and balance, and therapies focused on sensory and vestibular function.
This is beneficial in treating disorders which affect a child’s motor and/or cognitive functions.
THE CEOLI CARD STORY
Since 2003, longtime volunteers and supporters, Marvin and Martie Wachs have been seeking potential markets and buyers for CEOLI’s handmade cards in the US. The project was then transferred to Amizade in 2014 to continue to provide an opportunity to support young adults striving to work and earn their own way.
One of CEOLI’s occupational therapy programs has grown into an opportunity for several young disabled Bolivian artists to earn wages to help support themselves, their families and their communities. For several years, these artists have been hand-painting greeting cards of typical Bolivian scenes. A biography of an artist is included with every card to provide more information about the community and individuals you are supporting. These beautiful cards make a thoughtful gift and show your commitment to creating a more equitable world. Buy a pack of cards to distribute to friends, and always send two when you do, one from you, and one for your recipient to send or frame!
Want to help fundraise for CEOLI? Selling cards is a great way to fundraise for your program while supporting one of Amizade’s community partners. Please contact us to learn more.
DONATE TO CEOLI
Another way to support CEOLI is by directly donating through the link below! Donations are essential to CEOLI’s work and their ability to continue operating. Please consider making a contribution today.
If you’d like to get more involved with CEOLI on the ground in Cochabamba, Amizade can help you plan a customized program to travel to Bolivia.PLAN A PROGRAM