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Summer Update 2013

These past months have brought groups, individuals and mission teams, mostly from the United States and Canada, who have spent time loving on and playing with our children, putting on special Vacation Bible Schools and contributing to work projects around The Josephine House.

Our kids, as always, have loved the extra attention and new play partners. ¬†If you’ve been used as a jungle gym by some of our more energetic ones, we hope your memory is a fond one (and that you haven’t required follow-up chiropractic care)!

Below: an unusual quiet moment with a visitor…

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Guadalupe snuggles into an over-sized fleece

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THANK YOU to each who person and team who have helped care for the children, with painting projects and who have contributed to various donation needs.

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Lunch-time!

Painting the Kitchen/ Dining room on the main floor

Painting the Kitchen/ Dining room on the main floor

Extra help in the kitchen, preparing for lunch for our visiting teams.  (Note the old walls!)

Extra help in the kitchen, preparing for lunch for our visiting teams. (Note the old walls!)

Se√Īora Wilma, our cook, is enjoying her newly painted kitchen!

Se√Īora Wilma, our cook, is enjoying her newly painted kitchen!

The newly painted Therapy Room looks great!

The freshly painted Therapy Room looks great!

Below:  All of the children who are able to stand LOVE the new water table!  There are usually accompanying squeals of delight at having time to play with this new toy.

Marleni and Adriano playing at the water table.

Marleni and Adriano playing at the water table.

Happy kids!Fabiola

Ooh, what a fun big book!

Ooh, what a fun big book!

In July, Angelina turned eight, and Yomira turned 3.  We celebrated with a combined party.

Angela and Fabricio dancing together

The Birthday girl dances with her brother

Yummy chocolate birthday cake

Yummy chocolate birthday cake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you been to visit us here this year and have a story or photo to share?  Send them to:  stephinperu@gmail.com.

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In Loving Memory of Veronica

May 7, 2007 – July 20, 2013

Veronica is well remembered by any visitor, newcomer or regular caregiver for her desire to cuddle and be held.
She had a way of touching our hearts when she smiled.
We were taken by surprise by her passing, due to appendicitis. ¬†Without a doubt she was well cared for and loved in her last hours and we know she’s in a place of greater love and care than ever before.
We miss you sweet Veronica.
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Things of June

Here’s a few photos of the happenings in June!

We combined June’s birthdays for one party as Fabricio turned 6 on June 14th and Carlos turned 2 on the 15th.

Happy Birthday Carlos and Fabricio!

Happy Birthday Carlos and Fabricio!

Blow the candle?  How about touch!

Blow the candle? How about touch! ¬†… Of course, we won’t let that happen!

The three older public school children had exams and evaluations at the end of the month.  They are eagerly anticipating the mid-year holidays coming up quickly at the end of July.  June 24th was Cusco Day, and with the absence of school they were happy to get to do some painting and playing outside with chalk, which ended up involving a few chalk-painted faces.

Painting

Getting creative with chalk

Getting creative with chalk

Daniel gets some extra guidance for the homework from his class.

Homework with Daniel

Homework with Daniel

Guadalupe receives a personal gift from a sponsor.                     Thanks to each one of our sponsors!!  Your contributions help a lot.

Guadalupe receives a gift!

Guadalupe receives a gift!

June brought a couple of visitors to the home, and July is the start of teams coming down to help on projects and do more with the children.  One group has put on a VBS these weeknights, which a few of our older children have eagerly assisted in along with some other 40 children from the area.

Meanwhile, children from the States have also been in VBS and thoughtfully thinking of our children, making special cards!

Thank you!!

Stateside VBS

Stateside VBS

Stateside VBS

Another Little Angel

Angel is our newest baby who arrived on April 11th. ¬†In Spanish, Angel is the masculine name, as Angela is feminine (pronounced with an “h”-sound for the g). ¬†He was 2 months of age when he arrived in April, and quite dehydrated and underweight at 2.4 kilos. ¬†He has Down’s Syndrome and had been jaundiced. ¬†The staff have been carefully feeding him an ounce or so of milk every couple of hours. ¬†He is doing better, though sleeping s a lot and very quiet. ¬†We hope that with early intervention in different ways that he will have a promising future.

Veronica welcomes Angel.

Veronica welcomes Angel.

We've since found some better-fitting preemie clothing for little Angel!

We’ve since found some better-fitting preemie clothing for little Angel!

Adriano welcomes baby Angel

Adriano welcomes baby Angel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past month Marleni has started walking around on her own.  She loves to explore: and always heads for the closest open door or entrance-way!  Extra diligence is needed in closing off those stairways these days!

Marleni getting around on foot.

Marleni getting around on foot.

 

Carlos is starting to discover coordination of food by spoon to his mouth.

It's messy, but it's fun!

It’s messy, but it’s fun!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe continues to do well by her physio-therapy classes, and is getting stronger and stronger in a standing position.  She turned 3 in May!  We combined a birthday party for her and Veronica (turned 6 in May).

Zoe is now 3

Zoe is 3!

Veronica discovers jello at the snack table

Veronica discovers jello at the snack table

Can I have some?!

Can I have some?!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zoe and Vero’s Birthday party

Happy Birthday, girls!

Happy Birthday, girls! ¬†(The princess pi√Īata)

The older ones played a fun color-guessing game at the party.

The older ones played a fun color-guessing game at the party.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Mother’s Day in May, all of the kids in elementary and in the special needs school, even the very youngest, were involved in some sort of presentation or skit. ¬†Pictured below, Zoe, Carlos and Yomira were dressed us as little chicks in homemade costume for their class.

All of the school kids had various presentations for Mother's Day.

All of the school kids had various presentations for Mother’s Day.

We are in the dry season here in the Andes of Peru. ¬†Although we’ve had some cold, overcast days and the occasional rainfall, the hot sunny days are taken advantage of for fun- in- the- sun. ¬†One day we set up some mini swimming pools for the children to splash around in.

Blowing bubbles

Blowing bubbles

Zoe, just chillin' in the sun

Zoe, just chillin’ in the sun

 

 

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Fabricio loves bubbles, just like the rest of them!

Fabricio loves bubbles, just like the rest of them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of the kids love the water, but the babies especially, it seems!

Fun with water.

Fun with water.

Mini swimming pools for the babies.

Mini swimming pools for the babies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The littlest seemed to love the water the most!

Zoe and Marleni were grinning ear-to-ear

Carlos loves the water

Carlos splashed away the entire time

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!

Back to School

Celebrating Birthdays in February…

Fabiola, our Valentine’s girl, turned 6 on February 14th and loved the attention and goodies.¬† We have not yet received a legal birth date for Guadalupe, but thought it was time to celebrate a birthday¬†for her.¬† She enjoyed sharing the birthday party with Fabi, and was thrilled to have her own cake and participate in all of the fun party events.

The Cake and Snack Table

Just checking out the cake...

Just checking out the cake…

Celebrating a birthday for Lupe

Lupe’s Birthday Cake

Friends checking out the snack table!

Friends checking out the goodies!

Fun to be had with games, dancing and a pi√Īata

Musical Chairs... the last few...

Musical Chairs… the last few…

Celebrating two birthdays; Group Photo

Celebrating two birthdays; Group Photo

Fabi's finds after the Pi√Īata has opened

Fabi’s finds after the Pi√Īata has opened

Cake time!

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Back to School

The Josephine House children have had a few extra fun events in the last couple of weeks of February, with a VBS, trips to different parks, and a last-Friday outing in the area before school started again.

Guadalupe found many little 'tree houses' along the way to our stopping grounds at a little creek.

Guadalupe found many little ‘tree houses’ along the way to our stopping grounds at a little creek.

Fabricio enjoyed pulling bark off the trees to “gather wood for a fire” because he was “cold” (It was about 68 F)

Fabricio with his armload of "firewood"

Fabricio with his armload of “firewood”

Angelina also loved the little adventure, making up her own imaginary stories along the way.

Adriano enjoys carrying his picked flowers in the roll of tree bark he was given.

Adriano enjoys carrying his picked flowers in the roll of tree bark he was given.

Here's the creek we rested at until it started to rain... and then it was a quicker walk back home.

Here’s the creek we rested at until it started to rain… and then it was a quicker walk back home.

The kids’ two month summer holidays has ended, with Angelina, Guadalupe and Fabricio having started school again on March 4th.¬† This year Angelina is in grade 2 and Gaudalupe and Fabricio have started pre-5 (Kindergarten).¬†

Zoe, Carlos and Yomira have also started weekly physical therapy appointments again, after a 2 month break.