All the children are making great progress. Here are some photos of Elias, who now loves to walk, sing, and his language is blossoming. These are all new skills since starting with CIELO de Amor. Jahoska, the physical therapist went with him to see the specialist who recommended he receive new orthotics, a walker to use at home, and also said he needs LESS physical therapy as he has made so much progress. Yeah Elias! Yeah team! Thanks to Lisa Germany for all these fabulous photos capturing these precious moments.
The vocational training project for youth with disabilities has moved to its new location, half a block from the central park. Thanks to a very kind and generous donor we have been able to fully furnish it with fabulous used chairs and tables, a used oven, microwave, and all the necessary baking utensils. We are now doing craft work two afternoons, and baking whole wheat bread two afternoons per week, and have two new students. Our first day was a grand success. CIELO de Amor is the only place that sells whole wheat bread in La Concha, every Monday and Thursday afternoon! Thanks to Esther Schär and Miriam for all your hard work in making this a reality. Stay posted for more exciting news.
Esther found great used items to furnish the new location
The first day with the new students in the new baking project, Esther prepared lots of visuals which is very useful for students with limited attention and for those who can not read. Esther explained about the importance of hygiene, nutrition and the steps to baking bread. Esther bought the aprons from a vocational training project in a neighboring town that teaches sewing. Great to support them and vice versa. We also welcomed family members to participate.
Most of the students had never baked bread, let alone tried whole wheat bread. We made whole wheat and white bread and did a survey about which they preferred and why. Everyone liked both. Nothing quite like bread fresh from the oven with cheese and tomato. Esther trained Miriam how to make bread and in strategies to use with the youth with disabilities. She is learning quickly.
The day was a great success. Everyone was motivated to learn, the bread was delicious, and there was a general atmosphere of positive excitement. Stay posted for updates.
Our new classroom location is proving to have some advantages. It is much quieter and hence the children are more focused. The house is a little more spacious and we hope to create a fun and useful play structure soon. In the future we will find ways to include other children. Yeah!
Adriana and Diana, both with autism adapted remarkably quickly to the new location and showed much better attention.
The new house has enough space for our small groups of children, with families and staff.
We have rearranged some of our groups to accommodate new children. It turns out that Angie and Raquel are cousins and so were quite comfortable together. Gilmara is our newest and youngest member. So valuable to be able to provide services at a young age.
With the help of a local teacher, Fernando, we are trying out some new strategies to support literacy.
Next project will be to create some fun play structures and smooth walkways for the children who use walkers
Moving went very smoothly thanks to the help of CIELO de Amor staff and some wonderful parents and families. We had four pick up trucks lined up to help, but Joheiner’s father kindly organized a large fruit truck, which made it much easier. Staff started early and by 10 am everything was moved.
We are renting a new space for the vocational project and have moved the classroom to the house where we have the wheelchairs and had the vocational project. We are continuing to look for a more suitable space for the children, but will make this work for now.
We will miss the long smooth walkways where the children practiced walking with or without walkers, the playground we built, and the other school children. It was quite a task to move the mirrors.
Here is our new classroom, physical therapy room and outdoor area. We have a tree to balance on and hope to create some stairs from tires. The wheelchair shop is also here and the same great staff!
Cielo de Amor is passionate about inclusion and promoting the rights of people with disabilities. The recent news that we have to leave the school has hit us hard. The Nicaraguan government is providing training to teachers in regard to inclusion, however implementation is challenging with large classes and limited resources. CIELO de Amor has been fortunate to be able to provide intensive educational services in small groups and physical therapy.
March 10th was an international day to promote the rights of inclusion for children with disabilities. All over the world children with disabilities were “ringing the bell” for one minute to raise awareness.
Cielo de Amor is very proud to support inclusion in many ways including building ramps at schools, providing strategies and resources to teachers and families, including children without disabilities in our activities, providing individually fitted wheelchairs, providing work training to youth with disabilities, employing people with disabilities, providing trainings to staff, visiting and participating in community events and facilities. In spite of having to leave the school, we plan to continue to support inclusion as best we are able.
The children love to join in our activities and we take every opportunity to educate, build friendships and break down fears, stigma and stereotypes.
We participate in community events and use community facilities.
We check in regularly with staff to find out about the needs of the children, share strategies, trainings, and material resources.
We provide employment and vocational training to young adults with disabilities, have built ramps to make schools accessible and provide wheelchairs to meet the individualized need and environment of each recipient
CIELO de Amor has been informed that we need to move out of our classroom in Guillermo Ampie school by the end of March, in order to make room for the increase in number of children that have registered at school this year. The head of education and the mayor said they could not offer CIELO de Amor help in finding a new location.
We are thankful to have had almost two years at Guillermo Ampie providing wonderful opportunities for the children of the school and the children of CIELO de Amor. Our dream is to have a center which is in a central location, accessible, spacious, and with plenty of outdoor space. Please let us know if you can help in any way. Muchas gracias.
CIELO de Amor recibío información que tiene que salir de la aula de clases de la escuela Guillermo Ampie a finales del mes de Marzo. Ya que necesitan mas espacio por que la matricula de estudiantes incremento este año. El delegado y alcaldia no puedan brindar ayuda en encontrar un nuevo lugar.
Con mucho dolor en nuestra Corazon salimos de la escuela Guilermo y agradecemos que casi por dos años estuvimos promoviendo buenas oportunidades para los niños de la escuela y los niños de CIELO de Amor. Nuestro sueño es tener un lugar centrico, accesible, muy amplio, tanto a dentro como afuera. Por favor comunicarnos si puedan ayudarnos de cualquier manera. Muchas gracias.