Last week I took my staff on an overnight trip to Matagalpa, three hours north, to visit Familias Especiales and work alongside their staff and PT’s from Kids Abilities, Minnesota. It was a rich learning experience and inspiration for all of us. This was my fourth visit and I am always renewed by the experience. We left early in the morning and took four chairs we do not need, to trade for four larger chairs.
Wilmer and Yerald jumped right in learning about how to adjust wheelchairs with staff from Familias Especiales. They also learned how to use gestures to work alongside their talented staff who are deaf.
Juan translated and also helped adjust the chairs. He is a treasure. We learned from Sugey the physical therapist at Familias Especiales.
In one afternoon we put together five chairs specifically for children in La Concha, learned so much in the process, and made new friends. Great team. Thanks so much to all.
Day two we visited the inspiring projects where adults with disabilities, or mothers of children with disabilities work. First we had fun in the accessible park, saw the classrooms and PT room. Next over to visit the yogurt factory. The yogurt was so delicious, inspiring garden project, impressive crafts including bags, quilts, painting, piñatas, and the recycling project. Something for all abilities.
Sad to leave. Quite a challenge packing everything in the back of the truck and space for three people!