We had about 65 people come to our celebration of Purisima, in our class. I always enjoy when we bring all the families together! Thanks to Edelma and Carmendelia for preparing the food and drinks, the staff for creating a beautiful environment and party, and Yelba, Edwin and Norwing for bringing flowers and serving the food and handing out the gifts. A good time was had by all!
Two year old Pablito walked for the first time in our class! He loved the music on the cell phone and while moving the table slowly we were able to help him take his first steps!
He also enjoyed our circle time with puppets, balloon, and music.
Adriana, Diana, and Nelson who have autism enjoyed our new musical shape toy. Thanks to Kirsten Haugen for the donation. They did so well taking turns, and it really held their attention.
The joy continues! Thanks to Emily Adler for donating the large story books.
We had seven children in our Thursday class, including five girls with downs syndrome. Some moments I did not catch on camera. It was precious watching Yerling hold Rebecca’s hand and help her play red light green light, and climb over the tires in our park. Brittany loves climbing on Darling’s lap whether in her wheelchair or in physical therapy. The mirror is so useful.
It was lovely to have Dave O’Brien visiting from Minnesota. I have met Dave twice now in Matagalpa with the organization Familias Especiales. Dave organizes a container load of wheelchairs and other equipment, as well as specialists to fit chairs and provide trainings to the staff of Familias Especiales. Thanks to Dave for providing five chairs to children in La Concepción, last March. It was especially lovely to show Dave in person our classroom, meet the staff, and Jone who needs a wheelchair. Dave also adjusted the position of Darling’s seatbelt. This really helped keep her hips back, her body upright, and supported. Thanks for all your support Dave! We look forward to more visitors!
Charly seemed happy with her new walker, especially the speed, now having four wheels! Her old walker rusted very quickly due to the sulphur fumes from active volcano Masaya.
Danny now has a folding wheelchair so he can go places in the moto taxi.
This is his previous wheelchair made of a plastic garden chair and his new chair on the right
Christopher was pleased to receive Bryans old walker, even though it is not in perfect condition. It’s easier to get around with the walker than with one crutch! We also gave him a new wheelchair which fits him better and has footplates.
New chair Old chair
Cristofer uses his chair to get to school. Previously he was carried by his mother!
It’s an adventure delivering the chairs in moto taxis, and gives me insight to the experience for families traveling with their child with disabilities. We dream of having a van one day, so we can help transport the children.