Little Schools Program ​(Escuelita) in Barranquitas, Venezuela

Little Schools Program ​(Escuelita) in Barranquitas, Venezuela

El objetivo de modelo escolar es homologar el conocimiento de los niños y niñas a riesgo de EH no escolarizados de Barranquitas, con el necesario correspondiente a su edad cronológica y el nivel que debe tener para que pueda ser insertado o reinsertado en la estructura educativa formal oficial de…
Educational Strategies for youth​

Educational Strategies for youth​

Education takes many forms. We approach the issue of educating our friends, depending on their ages, from various angles. We work with educators and psychologists to help them cope with the specter of the disease and the very difficult situations they experience at home, and because of the fact that…
Programa Nuevos Horizontes​ (New Horizons). Re-structure of the Abrazos Program

Programa Nuevos Horizontes​ (New Horizons). Re-structure of the Abrazos Program

Objective of the re-structuring To implement a restructuring of the existing Abrazos Program to provide equity, physical and mental health to all children and adolescents of families affected by Huntington’s Disease (HD) in Colombia and Venezuela. extends prior Abrazos Program to cover all children living in HD families, regardless of…
Program "Abrazos"

Program "Abrazos"

Program “Abrazos” is an ongoing program in Colombia since 2015 (currently 40 children), and also in Venezuela since 2019 (120 children). This program covers basic assistance – food, clothes, school supplies, medical access. Additionally, program covers recreational and educational events every 6 months (Christmas and summer holidays events and trips)…
Art 4 HD - collaboration with illustrator Matt Rota

Art 4 HD - collaboration with illustrator Matt Rota

Matt Rota is an illustrator who has recently become associated with our kids’ program at Factor-H. Below are some of the illustrations he created recently for some poems I wrote about the kids to commemorate the completion of the 5th year of the program in Colombia. What began as an…
Meet Brayan - the video

Meet Brayan - the video

<br /> A few months ago I wrote a story about meeting Brayan, a young kid at risk for HD from Barranquitas, Venezuela (see blog post “Reflections on instilling a sense of hope”). Together with colleagues Matt Rota (https://www.mattrotasart.com) and Nicanor Cardeñosa, we put together a narrated illustrated story of…
Reflections on instilling a sense of hope

Reflections on instilling a sense of hope

What is the difference between having no hope and having hope? Meet Brayan, a 13-year old boy I met when visiting the town of Barranquitas, in Venezuela, in December 2018, the last time I was able to visit. This town is a forsaken, isolated village where in every corner one…
Project Abrazos completes 5 years bringing hope to kids at risk for HD

Project Abrazos completes 5 years bringing hope to kids at risk for HD

The project ‘Abrazos’ (Hugs) started in 2015 and it aims to provide donations for children in Colombia and Venezuela living in families affected by HD and in extreme poverty conditions. Their family situation is dire and many of the kids have been abandoned by one of their parents. Often times,…
Factor-H and Fundación Habitat LUZ from Maracaibo start working together

Factor-H and Fundación Habitat LUZ from Maracaibo start working together

MEETING BETWEEN THE MARACAIBO PATIENT ASSOCIATIONS, FACTOR-H AND FUNDACION HABITAT LUZ … THE BEGINNING OF OUR EFFORTS TO BRING CHANGE TO THE COMMUNITIES MOST AFFECTED BY HD IN THE WORLDHappy New Year 2018!On Monday December 11th, we held an all-day meeting in the offices of Fundacion Habitat Luz, a Maracaibo,…
Manuel

Manuel

The image above has become symbolic for me. During my second visit to San Angel, a rural area in the State of Magdalena in Colombia, I visited a few families dispersed in the countryside, isolated from the rest of the world, a countryside that hides many patients away from aid,…