The Child's Gymnasium is a great place to be doing observations at Teleton! There is so much going on... while the therapist interacts with one patient, she gives the parents of the other children directions on doing their therapy. We had the opportunity to work with the kids too - like getting on the mat and spreading shaving cream around to help the girl with scoliosis stretch her back or just having a kid with cerebral palsey sing for us!
Sunday, May 29, 2011
We attended a local evangelical church today. Below are videos of part of the hour-long praise service through music and dance, and of the children reciting their verse at the end of the service. The pastor gave a message about the inner enemy of Disbelief.
Saturday was a full day. After breakfast, we went to the farmer's market across town where we got a taste of fresh coconut milk straight from the source...
We then picked up Dr. Ventura's family and headed to Gracias, Lempira to visit the San Cristobal Fort (a national monument) and spend a few hours at the Aguas Termales (Hot Springs).
Back in Santa Rosa, we attended a charity fashion show organized by Fusion Tierra, a local group of volunteers. The proceeds of the event will help support the new women's shelter.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Yesterday we got a tour of the Moses Project, a Canadian-funded program that "is designed to provide training to rural youths to enable them to become self-sufficient and to ultimately effect sustainable development in their communities." The boys live at the program for 3 years, attending public high school in the evenings and and learning trades in the mornings. They are developing 70 acres of rich land recently purchased by the Canadian group for use as a self-sustaining farm. What the boys do not consume, they sell in the nearby towns. Their first year in the facilities, they sold $1,500 worth of goods.
At the end of our visit, we gave the boys shoes donated by So We Run, a non-profit on the North Shore that donates lightly-used shoes to those in need.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Today we had the opportunity to observe a group therapy session at Teleton where they were teaching people about preventing back pain. We also got to teach them a few exercises using therabands.
We also took a tour of the Clinica de Salud where we learned more about the basic healthcare provided to the people here in Honduras.
Monday, May 23, 2011
Today's big experience was a visit to Teleton, a non-profit rehabilititation clinic in Central America. The patients were very friendly and many told us the stories behind their need for rehabilitation. The number of gun-caused disabilities was astounding! Here are some photos of the facilities and the people we met.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The Kinesiology International Seminar offered at Gordon College is a selected topics course offered by Gordon College’s Kinesiology Department. The course goals are to introduce the students to (a) congenital and developed physical disabilities often evidenced in the developing Central American nations, (b) how people live with these disabilities within the framework of a society that has limited government support for their specific needs, and (c) an immersion experience in a new culture, enriching their perspective of God’s created humanity.