Glenda with her plans for the children
A letter to you who sponsor the intern program from Glenda at the end of her intern experience in a school for handicapped childern.
I write to you with much affection. I hope that I find you well alongside your dear ones. I wish you success in all your daily work.
This week, I wrote my resume and gathered my documents to begin to look for work. Even though it is difficult to find, I hope that God will guide me and help me. I want to help my parents and my other siblings, so that they can continue studying.
Last week, we went on a picnic with the children to a park in San Juan la Laguna. We did different activities-played soccer, ran, and sang. Everything went well. We walked back and forth to the park so that the students could exercise their legs. Many of the students do not go out of their houses to walk. The walk was well done.
I am very sad that I will not return to the Centro Maya. I will miss the children a lot. They have gotten used to me and I to them. I have in my mind that I always will be here. They ask me when they want something or if something happens, they come to me and not the other teacher. When I first came, it was hard for me to adapt to her plans, because it was very different from a school, but with time, I was able to learn many new things from the managers of the center.
During my time at the Centro Maya, I learned many new things. I learned what a handicap is, how they happen and how to prevent them, the types of syndromes, how to work with handicapped children, what to do when a child has a convulsion, why many children are aggressive or violent, what type of food it is good to eat and what is not, and how to plan for handicapped children. I also learned some new vocabulary, the vowel alphabet, and greetings in sign language so that I could communicate with persons who could not talk or hear and the kind of activities to do with them.
Some children who are in the Centro Maya are victims of mistreatment, violence, discrimination, and broken families. They do not have adequate food and are rejected. They have different handicaps. These make them not advance in their studies. It is very sad that their own parents reject them.
Thanks to God that this Center exists so that they can attend. I was happy to be able to collaborate a little. I hope that my country and my community will reflect about this and not discriminate against persons with handicaps because we all are equal. It is only that they have different handicaps. Sadly, our government does not support them so that they can enjoy a good life.
During the time I was at the Centro Maya, all went well. Sometimes I did not know what to do when a child had a convulsion, but I asked my fellow workers and they told me, I always asked because that is the way you learn. If something does not turn out well, you try something else the next time. I admire the work they do at the Center.
I thank you for giving me this opportunity to learn new things, to have this experience, and to put into practice my knowledge. You are very good people. I always ask God to give you many more days of life. I was very happy to work with these children. I always will carry them in my heart. I hope to find work soon, so that you will be pleased with me.
I leave you with a big hug. Thank you for reading my letter.
In the classroom
Glenda with one of her students
Glenda and Project Coordinador Carmela Paz
At work with her students