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School, Staff Meetings & Visitors

Marleni a couple of days after surgeryOn March 22nd, Marleni had a surgery (it’s been about a year since the first) to repair the inner cleft-palate lip.  It was successful and she has recovered quickly.  It was thought that Zoe might also have a surgery at the same time, but it turned out that the Doctor team were in agreeance that it would be better to wait another year, as she has only just recently started accepting solids by spoon, and a surgery at this time would indefinitely set her back again with feeding issues. 

Zoe having fun in the ball pit, March 2013

 

 

Angelina, Fabricio and Guadalupe have had a good start to the school year, having started their respective classes at the beginning of March.  They have also been taking swimming lessons for the first time, three days a week, which they love (a great homework motivator)!But, the three aren’t the only ones who have been in school.  We found out about a special needs school not far away which Daniel, Fabiola, Veronica, Zoe, Carlos and Yomira have been enrolled in, half-days, since the beginning of March- with some of them going five days a week and some three days a week.  It is great to see each one benefit to some degree in a constructive setting with other children at their level and teachers trained to work with different special needs.   Fabiola has shown the most improvement after only a month, speaking more words and showing more ability to do certain things.  She came home with her first homework assignment one day (a page to color red) and every day wants to join the bigger kids at homework time (even when she doesn’t have homework).  All of the children love leaving the house with their little backpacks, and heading to their classes.  Daniel has had some trouble listening and following orders, but his Josephine House Mama is there with him every day, and they have been working on behavior with him.  He likes to greet all the staff and volunteer with a kiss on the cheek when they come home at lunch time.

The Special Needs School where Daniel, Fabiola, Veronica, Zoe, Yomira and Carlos are attending

The Special Needs School where Daniel, Fabiola, Veronica, Zoe, Yomira and Carlos are attending

Fabiola's first homework assignment

Fabiola’s first homework assignment

Learning the color red

Learning the color red

Fabi in her class: A sensory object lesson

Fabi in a music session with some of her classmates

Fabi in a music session with some of her classmates

Yomira, Zoe and Carlos share the same class

Yomira, Zoe and Carlos share the same class

 

Every Monday we have staff meeting in the afternoon, keeping everyone up-to-date.  It is also an opportunity to share educational topics or themes of interest with the staff. Over the past year we have had included bible-study devotionals (led by local missionary Pastors) and Ruth has been teaching some basic sign language with the goal of improving communication with the children, especially those lacking verbal abilities. Also, as of late, we have been focusing on CPR training (taught by one of the La Fuente Clinic missionaries) and staff team building (led by a Psychologist also working with La Fuente). We plan to introduce a staff manual in coming weeks, to foster and enforce consistency in childcare in the home and to introduce more Early Childhood Development material.

The staff learning CPR in a recent staff meeting.

The staff learning CPR in a recent staff meeting.

Monday afternoons are a busy time because of the staff meeting, and we try to provide the opportunitiy for each staff member to attend, so we always appreciate extra volunteers on this day of the week.  March seems to have marked the beginning of visitors to the home, which is always a blessing to the children.

Visitors in March.  Thanks to these friends who also helped out specifically on Monday afternoon!

Visitors in March. Thanks to these friends who also helped out specifically one Monday afternoon!

The children love the individual attention.

The children love the individual attention.

More visitors playing with the kids

More visitors playing with the kids

Veronica loves cuddles! 

Fabi watches on amusedly while waiting for her turn

Fabi watches on amusedly while waiting for her turn

 This past week we also had the privileged visit of a team from Augusta, Georgia serving with MTW (and the La Fuente Clinic in Cusco) who came to spend the good part of a day at the Josephine House.  Team members spent some time playing with the children while an Intern with their group saw some of the staff who were interested in a check-up, and a Physiotherapist spent some time with Yomira, Zoe and Carlos, adding to the good care they’ve been receiving by the Physiotherapists in La Fuente every week.  Yomira and Zoe have been growing in different areas, with Yomira growing more confident on her feet and Zoe learning to crawl.   They have also both just recently started accepting food by spoon, a marked advance for the staff who have been encouraging them both in this area for quite some time.  We were all impressed with Carlos’ improvements in learning to stack blocks and transfer blocks in and out of a bowl.  He can engage for quite some time on one activity and likes to “army crawl” all around the room. 

Carlos learning to push shapes through the hole

Carlos learning to push shapes through the hole

A physiotherapy session with Carlos in-house

A physiotherapy session with Carlos in house

   

Zoe is not too far away from walking on her own

Zoe is not too far away from walking on her own

Yomira works on activities to strengthen the hand-grabbing  muscles

Yomira works on activities to strengthen the hand-grabbing muscles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just last night a new baby arrived – and he’s a teeny one.  More information and photos next time!

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