We welcome visitors!

This week Wilmer created a new mural outside our classroom and we received this very nice e mail from a recent visitor. Do come visit us!

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“What a wonderful school you have! Our visit was fabulous and your staff
welcomed us with open arms. They had written a nice note for us on the
blackboard and they let us join the children¹s groups as you said that
they would. Liset returned from her meeting with the ministry of education
in plenty of time for us to chat so I believe I got to meet everyone.

You have a wonderful curriculum for the children and your classroom is
well stocked. The teachers and all are full of love and passion. They work
really well with each and every child assuring full participation. The
parents are there too. You have done such a wonderful job!”

I am so thankful and proud to have such talented, energetic, enthusiastic, caring, responsible, committed, and creative staff.

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Visiting and learning from other projects in Granada

During the vacation week CIELO de Amor took a retreat day and visited two other projects in Granada. From skyping with the staff this morning it sounds like the visits were very inspiring and they made some great contacts. Corazon Contento has a labor project for young adults with disabilities and Cafe Sonrisa has a hammock making business and a cafe run by adults who are deaf. They are also starting a new project supporting mothers of children with disabilities so that they can work at home and receive an income. In the future we hope to be able to create some vocational projects. Many thanks to Patrice and Tio Antonio for hosting and inspiring us.

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All goes well!

While I am in USA making new connections, learning accounting systems, researching grants, planning fundraisers, the staff in Nicaragua have been:

a) hosting visitors from the States

b) continuing to teach the children and see daily successes

c) meeting new children

d) repairing and following up on wheelchairs

e) reaching out and supporting teachers who have children with disabilities included in their class

f) having meetings  with the deputy ministry of education in Managua

g) participating in inclusion training with ministry of education

We are all keeping busy and rewarded by the joy of this work. We are also thrilled to be receiving more support. The recreational center said we can use the swimming pool for free, and we have a local gentleman providing pediasure and delisoya on a monthly basis. We are so thankful.

If you live in Eugene or surrounding area, keep the afternoon Sept 27th 2015 open to join us for our one year anniversary celebration.

Here is An OT professor from USA nd 3 OT students visiting the classroom

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Donation of pediasure is particularly important for some of our children who are not receiving the nutrients they need due to their medical condition.

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It took many meetings to arrange physical therapy in the swimming pool. We are so thankful that after a month of us coming to the pool with the children, the owner offered for us to use the pool for free. Muchas gracias Centro Recreativo, La Concepción, Masaya. Makes the world of difference to these children.

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Staff continue to use the structure and routines of the class but are always incorporating new activity ideas. Here Yereld is supporting Elias with his fine motor skills using spoons, sand, and shells.

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Here is Gina practicing brushing her hair.

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Music time is always a joy

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I am so proud and thankful to have found such talented, committed, creative, loving, passionate, good humored, hard working, energetic, and enthusiastic staff. They are such a gift to the children and their families.