Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru

by Asociacion Centro de Rehabilitacion para Personas con Discapacidad Wasi Esperanza
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Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru
Change mindset of a physically disabled child Peru

We meet Mrs Vanessa in the psychology service of Wasi Esperanza. She can neither read nor write, which makes her sad and helpless because she doesn't feel able to take care of her family.

Mrs Vanessa is Maribel's aunt who has been taking care of Maribel since the death of her mother. Maribel is four years old and has a difficulty with speaking and walking.  She is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, spastic hemiplegia.

Mrs Vanessa has an eight-year-old daughter named Sofia. Sofia and Maribel are sisters on their father's side. They are very good friends, they love each other very much and take care of each other.

Mrs Vanessa does embroidery work to support the household, as only support, because the father doesn’t show interest in both of his daughters.

They live on the outskirts of the city of and their house is difficult to access. To attend the therapies, Mrs Vanessa has to carry Maribel, accompanied by Sofia. It’s a tiring journey, consisting of a walk of one-and-a-half hour and in many occasions they have to face strong weather conditions like the rays of the sun, the dust and the rain.

Despite the emotional problems, due to the death of her sister an due to the responsibility for the youngest one, Mrs Vanessa is very enthusiastic to start her literacy program in Wasi to learn to read and write in her native language, which is Quechua.

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We are about to end 2019 and Wasi Esperanza has taken care of more than 100 poor children with physical disabilities, one of them is Henderson who really enjoyed our Christmas party.

He is a new patient who entered in October, he is 7 years old and he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy type quadriplegia. Henderson lives together with his parents and three siblings.

The social worker visits the home of all the patients of Wasi Esperanza to confirm the provided information and determine goals to improve their homes. As a result of this we were able to see the great effort that the parents make to bring Henderson to therapy, since they live on a hill and they have to cross two rivers that don’t have bridges to get to their home.

Every Thursday they get up at 4 in the morning to start their walk. They cross the rivers whilst taking advantage that in the morning the water is frozen and the rivers have less flow. After this, they walk to the highway and wait for the car that brings them to the city. When his therapy has finished, they have to return home. Because of the conditions of the rivers in the evening, the family isn’t able anymore to cross them. So, they are forced to stay over in a place nearby their home.

The parents hope that the therapy will help their child to improve, so he can at least sit down and is able to chew food, so their quality of life can improve.

Visiting Henderson's house

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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.

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Day by day families of children with disabilities feel harassed in the streets because they are subject to accusing or pitying looks that over time affect their mental health, reaching to a point where these families hide the child with disabilities. That is why the families of Wasi Esperanza participate in the marches that serve to raise awareness of the issue of disability towards the general public.

In the last march Max Alfredo was the star of the day since he was in the car greeting everyone. His mother looked at him from afar smiling for his son.

Max is 5 years old, he is a very curious child, he is always attentive to what is happening around him, he is also very sensitive. The psychologist and the rest of the team are working hard to improve His concentration and to be able to go to school. His parents and sister support him a lot.

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Last Thursday, February 28, we went to the zoo with a group of children as part of their plan of learning and socialization activities.

It was a very fun day for everyone, but without doubt the one who enjoyed it the most was Leonel. He is 5 years old and very intelligent, unfortunately he can not walk because he has hydrocephalus and does not have sensation in his legs nor  control of his sphincters- so he will use the wheelchair and diapers indefinitely.

Here in Ayacucho, the zoo is located in a ravine and has ramps for access, but they are very steep and if in the future that doesn't improve, Leonel will not be able to go on his own when he is older, even though he handles very well his wheelchair.

Leonel's mother had him at age 17, she works in a bar every night and after work goes home, has breakfast with Leonel and then takes him to the institution's daycare so she can go to the university where she studies. Leonel is a very happy and intelligent child, has a great memory and his favorite character is the Lightning McQween of the movie Cars.

Leonel and her mother have no support from the rest of their family, they only have each other so they try hard to overcome this situation; in that they have the support of the psychologist whom does accompaniment with both of them. We hope that at the end of her career Vivian - Mama de Leonel - can have a better job and Leonel can enter the education system and access to better future opportunities.

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Emilie Wouters
Ayacucho, AYACUCHO Peru
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