Creating Good Example for Young People with disAbility to Grow in Dignity
By Rebecca Trujillo sndden - directora
There it is, that cheerful solid voice greeting you each morning! Professor Walter is always upbeat, welcoming each one as he identifies their steps outside his classroom. Walter was born blind. He also has two sisters who were also born blind. All of them are part of the jobs program in Special Families, but Walter is part of the staff helping others learn the work culture. It's been a tough year for Walter his mother died of cancer, but it's also been a year of joy as his first son was born, and he is learning what it is like to be a father, even after he has been like a father to others in his different jobs. Walter plays 12 different musical instruments, teaching one of his sisters to play musical instruments as well. His mother was a great gardener. She donated a small pine tree to our park, and it is now a towering Japanese pine bringing shade and beauty to all who come to the park. Part of the education program is to help young people learn gardening to appreciate the natural environment. Each day Walter is working on the compost for the garden, and he can be seen playing music to the tiny sunflower plants in their garden. Walter works with the young people to inspire them, which he does by being very active with a disability.
Our jobs program is on lockdown, and Walter has been coming into the workplace to plan and keep in touch with his students online. The only thing is that now Walter is with COVID and is on oxygen. We hope he will pull through this as his spirit makes a big difference for all the young people. We continue to keep measures to prevent COVID and help our young people take this pandemic seriously. We are grateful for your support and know that job training is a priority for our young people with disabilities to become independent and create their own life paths. Whether they are training in environmental projects such as recycling or participating in cultural activities like music and dance these young people are taking the opportunity to grow as dignified persons.
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