Nov 19, 2019

October 16th for Iker

October 16th is international day for people with disabilities in Peru. Every year we walk on the streets of Ayacucho with the children of our rehabilitation centre that day, so that they can tell the world that they exist and have the same rights as any other child.

Furthermore, we organize a banner contest of which Iker was the winner this year.

 Iker is 4 years old and entered Wasi Esperanza in 2018 without a clear diagnosis. The doctors only could tell that he had hypotonia. He was not able to walk on his own, neither could he fulfil activities of daily live independently.

 With the therapies in Wasi Esperanza, Iker improved his skills little by little. And so, he seemed able to include in Kindergarten. Unfortunately, at first, the school didn’t want to accept him, which wasn’t easy for his parents. However, his mother persisted and managed to convince the school to enroll Iker.

 Iker’s family sold a piece of land, in order to gain money to travel to Lima to do more medical investigations.  In the hospital, 3 different neurologists evaluated his case and concluded a specific diagnosis: ‘Central core disease’, a rare degenerative neuromuscular disorder classified as congenital myopathy.

 At this moment, Iker lives with his parents and his sister. Moreover, he has a lot of friends at school, but he doesn’t really like the fact that there is always one of his parents taking care of him at school. However, this is necessary, as he cannot walk safely alone and falls frequently.

 Every time when Iker comes for his therapies, he tells us how things are going at school. We could notice that he is a very intelligent child with an excellent memory. His parents are very strictly and he never misses a therapy session or any other activity. Furthermore, Iker practises a lot at home and in school with the therapists’ recommendations. He practices walking and also activities of daily living such as eating and dressing himself independently.

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Sep 9, 2019

healthy homes

Taking care of our homes is important because it has a positive impact on our physical and emotional health. Understanding this, the social worker, nurse and psychologist have developed a series of workshops on healthy housing.

In the workshops, the participation of Mrs. Ana stands out, she is the mother of 2 children, including a 3-year-old girl with a tetraplegia named Luana.

When Mrs. Ana sought support from the center, Luana had no treatment for her seizures, which led the mother to present with depression that affected her family's health. In addition, the lack of money was constantly a cause of frustration since she could not work to be aware of her daughter with different needs.

Now Luana attends the nursery center where she receives attention from the psychologist who has developed a sensory stimulation plan, also works with the mother weekly sessions reinforced by healthy housing workshops, found a job and is developing a medium-term plan by the time Luana is no longer in daycare.

Mrs. Ana is very active in the workshops and even won the healthy food contest with her Quinoa salad recipe. The psychologist and social worker make visits to her home where they can notice the changes she is making and the improvement she presents,

The mental and physical health of the parents of children with disabilities is often not addressed correctly generating a disregard for the needs of these children, since if the parents are well, the children are generally well too.

Aug 20, 2019

Educating to improve your future.

Kiara 4 years
Kiara 4 years

The education project is already working in the center and today we want to tell you about Kiara.

She is an 11-year-old girl who has cerebral palsy which makes it difficult for her to move half of her body, but that does not prevent her from attending school. We have known Kiara since she was 3 years old, she was initially in the nursery where she was prepared so she could enter a regular school. She currently receives physical therapy and participates in the Inclusive Education project.

The Inclusive Education Project works in Wasi Hope since 2017 and when Kiara was included, she was already in 3rd Year of primary education, but could not read or count. Her teacher did not know how to work with her so she only attended a school, but did not receive education.

Today she already knows how to read and understands what she reads, can do simple addition and subtraction and can already write a little. Kiara's family decided to change her school and she likes to go because she has many friends. Her new teacher tries to work with her according to her ability and has the support of the project psychologist to reinforce what she does.

This is one of the cases where investing in a better education will allow her to have more opportunities as an adult.

Kiara 9 years
Kiara 9 years
Kiara 10 years
Kiara 10 years
door inclusive education
door inclusive education
Project Manager
Project Manager

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