People often ask about the challenges of running Delia's Learning Center in one of the poorest areas of the E.U. Let me tell a story that will help you to understand some of the logistical hurdles but.. keep in mind the song "Aint no mountain high enough" is playng in the background.
Re-opening Delia's Learning Center in the midst of the pandemic posed a number of challenges. One of the biggest was HOW would our team be able to wear masks in compliance with Education Department guidelines and communicate effectively with our kids who have autistm or language-related disabilities. Many of the kids were confused by the masks themselves at first, but there was the larger issue of them relying on seeing facial expressions fully. The answer to this problem seemed simple: Use masks with a clear panel over the lips/mouth. But not so simple to find them in our in our Center's "neck of the woods." So, we decided, "why not import them?" With a speech pathologist's recommendation, we purchased the masks and shipped them off to Romania this fall.. and that's where their journey begin... our precious masks were held up in Romanian customs for three weeks and then rejected and returned to New York! No clue as to why!! Our teachers and kids needed them so what to do? Ship them to England to our Co-Founder David Conway and have him send them off to Romania. (We knew shipping from the UK was easier). BUT then the UK went into a deeper lockdown and David was unable to get them shipped until late January! A 3-month journey to ensure that our staff and kids can communicate better!
I am also sharing this story because we want our donors to know that we appreciate your financial support that made it possible to climb up that mountain to help our special kids learn and grow!
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