Friday, August 5, 2016
Ladies and Gents, that's a wrap; we've made it to the end of the week. Everyone is tired, but fulfilled, AND WET! We had a torrential downpour here for a couple hours, but luckily, everything is packed and dry. Kimberly trained Harvey on his water therapy skills, and he passed with flying colors. The rest of Kelly's House team spent the morning in the hospital, following up on their visit from Wednesday. Katie worked with the babies that have cleft lip and palate and their moms to optimize their feeding.
Thursday, August 4, 2016
The week is winding down and closure is beginning. The Kelly's House team helped organized the physical therapy room to make it easier for the Kelly's House PT to do her job. Bekki created c-splints (tools to keep ones hand open) for all the residents. Katie and Marci assessed the older kids and created academic goals that future volunteers can implement. Pam continued her Hoyer Life training and adjusted more wheelchairs and walkers as the children have grown since last year.
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Wednesday proved to be another successfully exhausting day.
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Today has been quite a busy day! Everyone is starting to feel the exhaustion kick in and most are itchy from the bug bites. But we continue by the grace of God to make progress. This morning the Kelly's House team finished their assessments with the children and were able to take a child on the playground to watch him motor plan movements he's never before completed.
Monday, August 1, 2016
The team members were able to get started at their work today in their respective areas. Everyone was excited to begin working and is looking forward to seeing what the week has to offer. The Kelly's House team was able to begin multidisciplinary assessments with kids with moderate to severe disabilities. Bekki was able to help with feeding and was able to get a girl to independently grasp an adaptive feeding utensil. Marcie identified reinforced and academic skills that can be addressed for each child. Katie completed oral motor stimulation and helped with feeding. She also checked visual tracking for choice making, as this is a part of communication. Kimberly and Harvey were able to get four kids in the water today, and will continue to work her magic in the pool. Pam and Caitlin looked at motor skills like rolling, sitting, standing, and also trained Kelly's House's personal physical therapist on handling children.
Sunday, July 31, 2016
Hola mis amigos. We have had a wonderfully productive day here at Hope of Life in Zacapa, Guatemala. This morning after breakfast, we went to church in the village with the local families. We were able to come back to Hope of Life for lunch and then a tour of the 3000 acre compound. The tour gave the new team members an opportunity to learn a little about Hope of Life, see the various areas and meet the residents of the elderly home, Kelly's House, the nutrition center, and the families at the Village of Transformation. After returning to the Rancho, the team sorted and repacked 31 bags of donations in preparation for tomorrow. The Hoyer lifts were assembled, and the Kelly's House team was able to observe feed time with the residents.
Friday, August 7, 2015
Today's presentations were a success in our book. Two trainings were provided (same presentation twice) to the foster moms, nannies, directors, etc. from Hope of Life. We spoke to 35 attendees in the morning, and 15 in the afternoon. They fully participated, asked great questions, and were incredibly grateful for the resources and donations they received. The baby rescue that Trisha and Abby participated in was incredibly impactful. They haven't given much detail as they are still processing, but the little girl was 22 months, hadn't had water or food in 3 days, and almost died in Trisha's arms. She was in such a state of malnutrition that they weren't even able to get her back to Hope of Life, but took her to a hospital that could get an IV started. The doctors don't understand how she is still alive. Pray for this little one and her family! The Taylor girls were a big help today in relieving nannies so they could attend the training. Kudos to them! We had at least 90% of the team cry during our debriefing meeting tonight, so I call it a successful trip overall. We are now packing and getting ready for a 7am bus ride to the airport. See you stateside! Much love to all of our financial supporters and prayer warriors. We couldn't have done it without you! You keep us, and others, alive- both figuratively and literally. Muchos gracias amigos!