Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities

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Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Technical Aid to 25 Cochabambinos w Disabilities
Daily valentin must deal with these types of road
Daily valentin must deal with these types of road

About five years ago, Valentín´s life changed radically. At that time, he was affected by somnambulism and could often be found sleepwalking around his bedroom, which was located on the second floor of his unfinished house. One fateful night, during that state of sleep disturbance, Valentín wandered into the unfinished construction territory. He fell freely for about three meters and his spine hit the floor directly; a fall caused a permanent paralysis in his legs.

From that day, such as everyone who suffers an accident of this nature, he began a process of recovery of his health condition. He underwent surgery in the area of the affected vertebrae but his condition has already become irreversible. Since then, Valetín has been prostrated in a wheelchair.

He lives in the municipality of San Benito where he facces all the typical conditions of a rural area: slightly away from the city-center of the municipality, without public transport and not suitable for people with disabilities, even less for those who use wheelchairs and, finally, the unevenly maintained condition of the streets; he has to combat with bumps, gravel and road without asphalt to come back to his house. One can imagine how complicated it can be to move in a wheelchair when heavy rain of the high valley falls in San Benito.

Four years ago, Valentín received a wheelchair as a donation, but that chair has significantly deteriorated. This is due to several factors: he is a big person and his weight and size are excessive for that wheelchair and as we have already mentioned the floor and roads near his home are slippery.

Those situations have gradually locked up Valentín in his home; confirmed by Don José, head of the Municipal Unit for Attention to Disability in the municipality of San Benito. His health condition is also complicated and he must receive specialized support. A few weeks ago, the person in charge of physiotherapy and rehabilitation of Tukuy Pacha initiated a rehabilitation program in the upper part of his body and upper limbs, since his legs undoubtedly will not work again. In the middle of Valentín’s back is a significant scar, that shows the seriousness of his accident and is the sign of the operation he received. His wife told us that in the accident Valentin also broke his ribs.

This couple from San Benito hopes that the new wheelchair will help to improve Valentín’s mobilization and to be more comfortable to strengthen his arms and trunk.

The decrepit parts of the wheelchair have become so insufficient and painful. Although Valentín will receive a new chair he is aware that he must support the process following a recovery and strengthening program; his wife has been helping him during the process and she hopefully anticipates an improvement of husband’s condition.

Valentin is supported by his wife in his recovery
Valentin is supported by his wife in his recovery
Valentin performing arm strengthening exercises
Valentin performing arm strengthening exercises
Valentin strengthening his arms
Valentin strengthening his arms
Durly, her mommy Catalina and her brother
Durly, her mommy Catalina and her brother

Durly is a clever kid and she lives in Tiquipaya, close to the main square of this small municipality, in the beautiful, steep and flowered neighbourhood of Montecillos. What she likes most is to sew clothes for her little dolls. Her usual company is her cat, her little brother, her mom and her broken-down wheelchair in which she sits, prostrated due to a deformation of her back that has progressed over her life to the point of where she now can´t walk.

Durlu used to have a lifestyle typical of kids her age. Everything changed when the illness appear. Her back problems got increasingly worst, but her mother, Catalina, was very brave and never resigned to the possibility that Durly would grow up differently from anyone else.

Thanks to her strength, Catalina never stopped searching for help from doctors and hospitals; even though, one day Catalina was told that her daughter was going to die and that there was nothing to do. Nowadays, Catalina speaks with pride and love about the developments she´s obtained with Durly. Despite her health condition, Durly is a girl who keeps a sparkle in her eyes, is active and has a great personality. Doctors, that some time ago thought thata nothing could be done, were surprised by Durly´s story.

Despite these results, Durly needs constant medical care and daily attention for her mobilization that is possible thanks to an old wheelchair. However, the wheelchair which was donated by her school five years ago, has begun to show a variety of problems.

First of all, the wheelchair is the wrong width; it is too wide for Durly´s body. It causes her to sit with an unhealthy posture, worsening her deformity and harmful for her general health condition.

Secondly, the front wheels are positioned poorly to navigate the space and layout of the house. The awkward structure makes the wheelchair very unstable. Catalina told us sadly about a couple of bad falls that Durly got due to these faulty wheels.

Third, the wheelchair’s structure doesn’t include wheelchair’s doesn´t include suitable handlers for the hands of this brave girl. This means that Durly has to drive her wheelchair using the normal spokes of the wheel, which has led to multiple injuries.

Fourth, her wheelchair doesn’t include a special to prevent bedsores. Nowadays, Durly has a serious case of bedsores that are quite difficult for her mother to cure. The worst thing is that Durly doesn’t feel any pain cause due to her illness and that is extremely dangerous. Ultimately, despite attempts at repairing the chair made by the family, it doesn´t fit the new needs of Durly.

All these reasons explain the urgent need to provide Durly with a new wheelchair and a special pillow to prevent bedsores. Catalina still has the firm hope that Durly will be able to go back to school thanks to the new wheelchair; last year Durly had to abandon school due to her wheelchair’s problems. Durly has not lost hope that in the future she will become a seamstress and engage in her passion, to sew clothes.

Durly really needs a new wheelchair
Durly really needs a new wheelchair
This is the geography of Durlys house
This is the geography of Durlys house
Her passion, to sew clothes.
Her passion, to sew clothes.
Person with disability from San Benito
Person with disability from San Benito

Dear donors: 

We are really happy for the donations that you send us.  We also are thankful because your participation helped us to reach our goal in GlobalGiving, so now we are ready to help 25 people with disabilities here in Cochabamba - Bolivia.

Now we are going to start immediately the project that we published in Global Giving.  We are going to make contact with the people that really need the technical aids in order to give them this help to improve their lives.

Because we have reached our goal we are going to deactivate the project.  Next weeks we will present another project to continue working with Global Giving, and we hope to be in touch with you for you to know more about us and our work here in Cochabamba.

The people that we are going to help live in very poor rural zones, which names are: Capinota, Tiquipaya, Colcapirhua, San Benito and Punata.  This municipal are 80 or 25 kilometers from the main city, Cochabamba.  Also, the families of this people do not have enough resources to buy the technical aids that we will give them, besides the general situation of these people (education, work, communications, etc.) are not enough and basic in order to have a better life level.

Our professional in physiotherapy has made a very exhausting work analyzing each one case that we will help.  She watched their healt situation, and their urgent necessities.  Therefore, she is really very trained to start the project.

For this project, we work closed with the Municipal Unit of Attention to the Disability.  They give us the names of the people than probably needs our urgent help, besides of the addresses in order to visit them and check their social situation.  So that, this work envolved the authorities of the community, but they also do not have the money resources to help.

For your better information you can visit our web page: www.tukuypacha.org or our facebook: tukuypacha -discapacidad bolivia.

Thank you very much for your help, and we hope to be in touch very soon.

Sincerely yours.

Julio Arze.

child with disability from Capinota
child with disability from Capinota
woman with disability from Punata
woman with disability from Punata
People with disability in a capacitation
People with disability in a capacitation

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Tukuy Pacha

Location: Cochabamba - Bolivia
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Project Leader:
Julio Arze
Cochabamba, Bolivia

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