Health for disabled people





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Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Brazil

Location: Botucatu

Total Budget: $39,001

Area of Focus: Disease prevention and treatment

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Improving the health of people with intellectual disability through physical activity

People with intellectual disability, such as Down Syndrome, show alteration of muscle tonus and delayed motor development besides obesity and changes of lipid profile with consequent apnea and type 2 diabetes which can be reverted by physical exercises.

However, the physical activity in children and adolescents with intellectual disability corresponds to 50% of that recommended to people of the same age, whereas it is approximately zero in people older than 30. This is a relevant statement if it is considered that 85% of intellectually disabled people do not show impairment to practice physical exercises.

Moderate and well oriented activity in a safe place can bring immeasurable benefits to people with intellectual disability and it should be considered an important goal of public health and public policy.

However, most of the times people with intellectual disability do not have an appropriate support to effectively engage the physical activity in their life. It is exactly this condition that we want to change. In fact, lack of fundus and transport, difficult access and inadequate support from the caregivers are among the many barriers that these people have to face to practice physical exercises.

APAE (Association of parents and friends of disabled people) is a Social non-profit Organization that was created 64 years ago in Brasil with the objective to give support to people with intellectual disability. It is present in more than 2000 Brazilian cities. The Apae of our city, Botucatu, is 50 years-old and attend, without costs, an average of 310 persons older than 6 years-old who have intellectual deficiency and/or Autism in different degrees. Currently, 66% of these people are under 30. Half of them stay in the Institution all day long.

At APAE, there are professionals from different areas such as social workers, psychologists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, physical educators, nurses, neurologist, psychiatrist and dentist. The staff of APAE comprises 100 employees. The Institution is directed by a group of volunteers, most of whom retires. They are chosen trough election and do not receive any payment.

The APAE - Botucatu assists people from low and middle class who show high degree of vulnerability. Many of them present obesity, high arterial pressure and sedentarism. They and their family do not have access to either supervised and directed physical activity in order to solve their health problems.

Thus, the health care that is offered nowadays would be significantly improved by the introduction of physical activity in an appropriate place, protected from tropical sun and constant rain that occur in the city. Unfortunately, there is not a covered square in the Institution.

The APAE-Botucatu receives benefits from Public agreements but the amount is less than the necessary and can not generally be used as investment. Consequently, any investment depends on external funds.

The objective of this global grant is to have a metallic cover installed at APAE square, allowing the disabled people to have a constant exercise practice, absolutely necessary for their health. It will help to the students reduce the incidence of obesity and improve their physical and metabolic parameters as well as boost their self-esteem.

The possibility of running the Project without any additional hiring and the easy maintenance of the proposed structure assure the project sustainability.

Timeline: 1) materials acquisition - 30 days; 2) assembly of metallic structure - 30 days; 3) Installation - 30 days

The project fundus to be used is from local and external clubs and FDUC

Club members will be involved in the proposal, implanting and evaluation phases.

Primary Host Partner

District: 4310

Rotary Club of: Botucatu-Bons Ares

Primary Contact: Maria de Lourdes Mendes Vicentini Paulino

Email: mlvpaulino@gmail.com

Primary International Partner

District: 3000

Rotary Club of: Karur Angels

Primary Contact: M. P. Ramasamy

Email: mprkarur@gmail.com

Project Status

Your project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the approval process with The Rotary Foundation. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Botucatu-Bons Ares (4310)





Grigota (4690)





Maringá-Colombo (4630)





District 3000 DDF





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

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History Log Entries


by Maria de Lourdes Mendes Vicentini Paulino

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Maddu Jagadeeswara Rao

System Entry: Pledge of $1,000 by Sílvia M. Zerda of the Rotary Club of Grigota, District 4690.


by Jesse T. Campos

System Entry: Pledge of $6,000 DDF by Deepak Gupta of District 3012.


by Mauro Duarte

System Entry: Pledge of $1 by Mauro Duarte of the Rotary Club of Maringá-Colombo, District 4630.


by Mauro Duarte

System Entry: Pledge of $1 by Mauro Duarte of the Rotary Club of Maringá-Colombo, District 4630.


by Mauro Duarte

System Entry: Pledge of $6,000 DDF by Jesse Tanchanco of District 3780.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $6,000 by Neelavathi of the Rotary Club of Karur Angels, District 3000.


System Entry

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

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