Thank you for your support of Awamaki's Disabilities Campaign in the past months. The disabilities program is going well. Our volunteers now make regularl visits to six disabled individuals, and donations like yours fund ongoing needs like diapers, and one-time needs like visits to specialists and small home renovations.
This is an account by a volunteer, Nicole, who worked with Awamaki for 2 months. Nicole is 24 and is currently considering pursuing a Masters in International Public Health.
"Visiting Alex, age 14, each week as a part of our disabilities campaign has been an experience incomparable to being with any child I have worked with. Alex was born with cerebral palsy and suffers from a hip injury which he incurred from falling out of bed a few years prior. After the first time meeting Alex and seeing his living conditions, I was both in shock and eager to return to see what progress could be made with him. He recently turned 15 years old, and spends close to 24 hours a day in his bed, besides the time we come to visit to take him outside and when his mother changes/bathes him. Mainly his mother works at the train station to be able to provide for the family. A few years ago, Alex unfortunately fell out of bed, broke his hip and for lack of medical attention it healed improperly. For this reason, a special wheelchair is needed to transport him to any type of school. Getting him to school has been our main goal since we began visiting him. As of recently, we have happily been informed by another non-profit in the area that a specialized wheelchair is now available for him. We are currently working on other obstacles that stand between him and school.
Due to the location of Alex´s house, we also need someone that would be able to transport him down a long hill to a combi which could transport him to school. We are almost positive one of our long-term volunteers will be able to accompany him, to ensure he can attend school once a week. All of these factors are currently being tackled, to eventually reach our goal of connecting him with an education. It has truly been an eye-opening experience seeing a young boy who at times shows signs of progress in terms of motor skills, awareness and emotions, and we continue to push for his attendance in a local school for disabled children. He is a wonderful boy to be around, and has a smile and laugh contagious to all those around him."
Our volunteers bring the extra energy that overworked families sometimes don't have. They go to doctor visits, bring diapers and connect families with resources. They and you make a difference in the lives of disabled individuals, enabling them to access social and health care resources that allow them to live a dignified, healthy life.
Thanks for reading! We look forward to keeping you updated about our progress getting Alex to school, and with the other disabled children with whom we work!