Distribution of 40 Hope Haven wheelchairs!

In collaboration with Global Mobility, Futuro de Nicaragua and many individuals CIELO de Amor was able to distribute 40 Hope Haven wheelchairs in the state of Carazo, Nicaragua. Experienced staff from Global Mobility taught staff from CIELO de Amor how to evaluate and measure the children, and then how to choose an appropriate chair and fit for the individual needs. Families were also taught how to adjust the chair and were provided with tools to do this. These chairs are easily adjusted as the child grows. Incredibly rewarding and excellent learning experience for all of us. Here are a few photos of our two day distribution!

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Inclusion, the challenges and successes!

I am passionate about inclusion, but it is challenging to make inclusion useful to children with disabilities, when teachers in Nicaragua have 30-60 children in their class, and the materials they have are primarily pens and paper, and perhaps one text book. I am thrilled that CIELO de Amor has it’s classroom within a regular school in the center of town. This allows us natural opportunities on a daily basis, to interact with all the children. Adriana and Diana seemed to enjoy sharing the hammocks with peers.

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These girls seemed to enjoy joining us in our game of red light green light, followed by music time in our class! IMG_1304 IMG_1305

As well as having opportunities to support integration at school, we have several children who come to our class for more intensive services twice per week, and go to regular school three times per week. We support their teachers by loaning materials and sharing strategies. We have also provided school uniforms, backpacks, books, and markers for some children, as the financial hardship of providing these items has prevented some children from attending school. IMG_0930IMG_0376 IMG_0517IMG_0332

Great progress continues in the classroom!

Adriana is expanding her interests and length of attention. Lovely to see the joint attention with Carmendelia playing the drum.

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Adriana is now using the spoon almost independently. Milagrito recently joined us and is learning to take turns.

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Derling and Elias enjoy dance time and it has been helping their strength and balance. So many of the children are walking further and with more control. Very satisfying.

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We have a large turnout on Thursdays with two new children in our class. Lots of fun! Darling’s brother stopped in to visit and her aunt helped massage her today. I love the family involvement.

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New friendships developing! Although Carla only has a few words, she enjoyed playing the stop and go game.

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We bought Yerling school uniform, back pack, books and pencils so she can be integrated into regular school when not coming to our class. We hear she is loving it.

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Weekend off!

I took a whole weekend off which was much needed, and really enjoyable! I went to the horse parade which was the finale of the celebrations of Patron Montserrat in La Concha. I have never seen horses dance before. Quite a sight. Brass bands on the back of pick up trucks played music for the horses.

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At the end of the parade the horse riders enjoy watching the women dancing! IMG_1127

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On Sunday I joined Ruth and Erico from Mas por Menos tours. They met me in Catarina and brought an extra bicycle for me. I did the downhill bike tour! We visited a potter in San Juan del Oriente where 80% of people make a living from ceramics. I even got to put my hands on the clay which I just loved.

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We met a man who has a small business making ecostoves. Very inspiring. They use half the wood and less smoke. The couple who helped him start up is from Portland Oregon and aprovecho in cottage grove helped research the design. Each stove costs $12.

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We then had a delicious lunch looking over Laguna de Apoyo, followed by a downhill ride following the now non-existent train tracks to Masaya and the hammock making region. Super day!

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