Invest for children (i4c) is a nonprofit international organization whose mission is to help disabled children and young adults achieve a better quality of life.
· Audited by KPMG.
We want a society that integrates diversity.
Venture: Helping other foundations find recurring revenues.
Philanthropy: Working towards integration of disabled people.
What is Venture Philanthropy?
Venture Philanthropy is a field of philanthropy where the models of venture capital are applied to foundations and nonprofit organizations. There are many examples of Venture Philanthropy; these are some of the ways it applies to i4c:
Down TV is an interactive video sharing website that pretends to cover a wide selection of themes all related to Trisomie 21 or Down’s syndrome. The result is a wide range of videos that try to answer most of the questions we have on Down’s Syndrome.
What is Down Syndrome?
In XIX century England Dr. John Langdon Haydon Down was the medical director of the Earlswood asylum for mentally disabled people, Dr. Down noticed that some of his residents shared the same physical features, even he wrote “so much do they resemble one another that they might readily be taken for members of the same family.” In 1866 he published his findings about a condition that would, one day, be called, after him, “Down Syndrome”.
Down Syndrome is a genetic disturbance. People with Down Syndrome have 47 chromosomes. Chromosome 21 is present 3 times instead of two. That is why Down Syndrome is also called “Trisomy 21”.
It is not known what causes Down Syndrome. It can be said that it does not depend on the parents, nor the ethnic or social group. It is not related to any sickness during pregnancy.
The extra chromosome influences from the beginning on the psyco-physical development of the baby. However, children with Down Syndrome have the same needs as other children: they should live in healthy environments, they need to stay with their families, they should be equally educated, have the right to go to school, play, laugh and relate themselves to other people.
A baby with Down Syndrome can achieve the same success as other children: the first smile, sitting down, crawl, the first steps, the first words… but in a slower path.
Sometimes Down syndrome is accompanied, more frequently than in other children, with specific difficulties such as heart problems, digestive, endocrine, visual and auditory problems. And they can suffer infections extremely easily.
Nowadays we can prove as an environment based on acceptance, on the adaptation of the teaching-learning methodologies, love and diversity is endowing people with Down syndrome of autonomy enough to work, become independent and develop artistic skills unthinkable some time ago.