ICRI is the fiscal sponsor of Project Commotion. The Project is a community space in San Francisco where children, families and educators are invited to learn and grow together through movement, sensory experiences, and creative play.
We have developed a unique curriculum that incorporates tumbling, music, dance, creative play, and martial arts as a means of fostering healthy development, self-awareness, and self-expression. We begin with an intake and assessment of each child, and then schedule him or her in weekly private or small group lessons as determined by the child’s needs and individual stage of development. Parents receive regular progress reports and communication from the instructors, and are encouraged to attend our adult education workshops in order to enhance their ability to respond to the unique strengths and needs of their child.
Children with Special Needs
Project Commotion has particular expertise in serving children with special needs. We are committed to serving children of all abilities and have developed specific curricula for children coping with autism spectrum disorders, sensory processing disorders, cerebral palsy, and trauma. Project Commotion provides special education support and advocacy, and assists families navigating the IEP (Individualized Education Plan) process.
We offer a wide range of classes for children of all ages and abilities, including Capoeira, Karate, tumbling, movement and dance, and creative play. Private, semi-private, and small group classes are available for children, and community workshops are offered for adults and caregivers. Project Commotion is also a popular site for school field trips.
To learn more, please visit www.projectcommotion.org.
ICRI is the fiscal sponsor of OneChild Africa. OneChild Africa is dedicated to the well-being of children made vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The group was formed by Stanford faculty, students, and alumni as a part of the International Initiative at Stanford University. Dr. Brent Solvason, the group’s leader and founder, invited ICRI to provide technical expertise and organizational support. ICRI’s Board of Directors then agreed to take on full fiscal sponsorship of OneChild Africa, to support this important initiative which works to:
Raise awareness locally and nationally of the crisis for vulnerable children evolving in Sub-Saharan Africa as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and worldwide recession.
Develop educational programs for middle school, high school, undergraduate, and medical students in the US and southern Africa to help them understand the devastating effects of the AIDS pandemic on children’s wellbeing in Africa.
Develop better care practices for vulnerable children, through the use of reliable assessments of children’s well-being in the present; the use of biological measures to assess the brain development of children who have endured grief, trauma, and neglect; and the utilization of this data to better predict and respond to longer term outcomes as these children grow to adulthood.
To learn more, please visit www.onechildafrica.org.
Aids Orphan Care
ICRI is the fiscal sponsor of AIDS Orphan Care, which works to improve the lives of African children orphaned by HIV/AIDS. AIDS Orphan Care focuses on the nation of Lesotho, a small country in Southern Africa with the 3rd highest HIV infection rate in the world. In Lesotho, 1 in 4 adults is HIV-positive, and over 110,000 AIDS orphans need care and support.
AIDS Orphan Care partners with local, grassroots projects to meet the basic needs of orphaned children- food, shelter, clothing, health care, and education.
Peanut Butter Project
The Peanut Butter Project distributes a large 1-kg tub of peanut butter to every HIV-positive child age 1-17 every time they attend a medical visit at Tsepong HIV Clinic. Nearly half of all HIV-positive children in Lesotho suffer stunted growth from chronic malnutrition. Peanut butter is a simple solution–a high protein, locally available food which requires no cooking or preparation.
Mamelo Primary School
The Mamelo Primary School offers free primary education to nearly 300 orphans and HIV-positive children. The School’s Emergency Fund for Orphans allows the teachers to meet the most pressing needs of the students–buying shoes and clothing, medicine, and school supplies. In addition, the Fund allows the school to provide free, nutritious breakfasts to the students.
Rebecca’s House is a small orphanage which can care for up to 10 orphans, including those with special medical needs such as HIV, tuberculosis, and malnutrition. Rebecca’s House also provides community outreach, support and respite to child-headed households and orphans being raised by grandparents in the surrounding villages. We provide mattresses, blankets, food, transportation to medical appointments, school uniforms and other essentials. We also hope to support Rebecca’s House to start a small bread baking project to supply the orphans with bread and to earn sustainable income for the program through community sales.
To learn more about AIDS Orphan Care, please visit www.aidsorphancare.org.