Prior to leaving for Guatemala we were advised of some desperate situations with special needs children. Joan and Colleen rose to the occasion by bringing special toys designed for the needs of these children.
The biggest challenge was Herman a 15-year-old boy with major developmental problems living with his mother and two younger sisters. Herman,who does not speak, is sometimes aggressive with his caregiver sisters and is usually tied or restrained. His living quarters were about the size of our average closet. Herman has bouts of not sleeping and can be very disruptive to the family when he bangs of the metal walls.
Colleen presented Herman with two special toys with moving parts and vibrations which delighted him as the pictures show. Joan and Colleen were able to take Herman’s mother to the medical clinic for guidance . They then traveled quite a distance to another town in the back of a picop ( pickup truck) to get medication.
Our teams biggest contribution to this family however was the total reconstruction of Herman’s living space with a fenced area. Tom and Shelley did this along with two delightful local contractors, Juliano and Mario.The two day reconstruction involved new block foundation ,cement floor and wooden walls in place of the metal. Assistant Shelley carried water, mixed cement, other duties and taught Juliano and Mario many colorful english words.