Disability rehabilitation isn't just about treating the physical conditions. Patients face a totally different life with huge new challenges. In Haiti, these challenges are enournous with many having to face them with no support.
It is well known amoung those who work in disability rehabilitation, that after sustaining a high spinal cord Injury, including impairment of the upper limbs, work is usually limited office/computer work as other physical labor is no longer possible. In Haiti, this puts our patients into an even more difficult situation, as this kind of work is mostly limited to people who have a good level of education.
During their time at our rehabilitation unit, we teach patients basic IT skills, in order for them to then later use these in any kind of business when they move back home.
Last week we had a volunteer group from the US visit us for two days. One of them was an IT specialist that took two days to teach one of our tetraplegic patients how to use a laptop. Basic Microsoft Office skills and some music programs were his priority. When he returns home, he wants to use the laptop he’s been given to build up a copy and printing business.
One of his greatest passions has always been music, a very big part of Haitian culture. He loves to sing and now knows how to compose songs on his new laptop. Who knows, maybe one day he’ll be one of Haiti’s great artists?
Your support allows us to deliver the level of rehabiliation where patients eventually go home with new life ahead of them. Thank you.