By Mona Donovan - President, Nicaragua Children's Foundation
Hi to all of you!
We've just come back from a visit to Nicaragua. While we were there, we went to Los Pipitos to see how everything was going. We're happy to report that the school has made a lot of progress in the last six months. They have a classroom schedule containing large group activities as well as individual work for each student according to their needs. They are receiving regular visits from a physiotherapist as well. Some of the students painted a mural on the front of the school which really adds to the cheeriness of the place. Everyone there, both staff and students look happy and healthy! The older students are making really beautiful pinatas to see in the town as well, with proceeds going to the school. All in all, we're really proud of this place and all that everyone has accomplished here.
A few years ago, we met Oliver through Los Pipitos. Oliver is in a wheelchair due to a fall from a tree as a child. We helped Oliver finish his degree in accounting and business administration. He now works for our foundation as the volunteer coordinator for Los Pipitos. Last week, we found out that he may walk again! However, first he needs an MRI diagnostic exam, which costs about $750 in Nicaragua. We have started a fund for him as this does not fall within the parameters of our foundation. If you know of anyone who would be interested in helping a very nice guy walk again someday, please let us know!
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