The mission of the International Institute of SPORT (IIOS) is to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in the less economically developed countries worldwide.
WHO WE ARE
We are a non-profit advocating for the disabled in areas of public access, education, integration, job skills, physical rehabilitation, therapeutic recreation and disaster relief. We are educators, artists, administrators and professionals. We are also networkers and are grateful for our partners.
WHAT WE DO
We engage children and adults in art projects geared to developing an understanding of disability. We help rehabilitate and train disabled athletes for the Paralympics. We help disabled people become employees and business owners. We provide art supplies, medical supplies and mobility devices. We represent disabled artists in the world art market. We advocate for the disabled in business and government affairs to help secure access to jobs and transportation.
The International Institute of Art currently represents five disabled artists. Cards and prints of their works are available for sale through the Global Art Initiative online gallery hosted by Fine Art America. Original works are available from the International Institute of SPORT. Please contact us to request more information.
Kennedy N'gan'ga - Kenya
Kennedy N'gan'ga is a quadriplegic and lives in Mombasa, Kenya. He was an outstanding swimmer before breaking his neck in a diving accident. He sums up his situation in a recent email, “Poverty is ruthlessly ruling me.”
Ken desperately needs a wheelchair. He could greatly benefit from rehab therapy. With the proper assistance, Ken may have the potential to become a Paralympic swimmer and compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.
Herold Alvares - Haiti
Herold Alvares was born without arms due to a congenital birth defect. At the age of eight, Herold Alvares started painting as a student at the St. Vincent School for the Disabled in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He begin to see the results of his work at the age of twelve when he sold his first painting. Since that time he has eked out a living by painting, sometimes being the sole breadwinner for his family.
Herold is a gifted teacher and can often be found teaching art to the disabled children at St. Vincent’s. Herold dreams of one day having his own accommodation where he can live and give art lessons to other disabled Haitians.
John Paul Joseph - Haiti
John Paul Joseph (JoJo) lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was born with a congenital birth defect resulting in his having only stubs for arms and legs. Despite his handicap JoJo is an extremely positive person and communicates effectively in English, French and Creole. He paints with a brush attached to his right arm stub.
JoJo's pressing need is to travel to a rehab center in Connecticut to have a new pair of prothestics fitted. He needs funds for travel and a personal caregiver as he is not able to take care of normal body hygiene since he has no arms or legs.
Eder contracted polio as a young child and suffered the loss of both parents at a young age. He was raised by his grandparents who have since passed away. Eder is dependent upon his crutches for mobility and often incorporates this theme in his expressive artwork.
Eder lives in a small rented apartment that he is able to afford through the sale of his artwork with The Great GAIN. He needs funds to compete a course in computer graphics. His desire is to finish his education and share his knowledge of art with disabled people in Haiti and other Third World countries.
Pierre Guy Theodore - Haiti
Pierre Guy lives in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He was born with a congenital birth defect leaving him a double amputee above the knee. He attended school at St. Vincent’s School for the Disabled. After receiving basic training in producing arm and leg braces for children with skeletal deformities, Pierre Guy now fits affected children with correctional braces.
Pierre Guy is a wheelchair athlete and hopes to compete as an athlete at the 2012 London Paralympic Games. He needs funds to support his training program and develop his budding art career.