I have been in Guatemala for a month now, can you believe it?!
It has been an interesting and fantastic experience thatI will never forget.I want to take this time and say thank you so much for the support, both financially and emotionally, that you have provided in order to make this experience possible.I would not be here if it was not for your generosity and kindness, and I really do thank you from the bottom of my heart.
I am living with a wonderful family in San Pedro el Panarama, which is just outside of Antigua.The family has provided amazing accommodations and delicious food for me during my stay here.Senora Guadalupe and her daughter Conchita are the lovely ladies that have welcomed me with open arms, and have been so encouraging and supportive throughout my first month living in Guatemala.
I have experienced so many amazing things that I am excited to share with you.I attended a traditional Mayan wedding the first week I was here, which was the experience of a lifetime.I had the privilege of wearing “traje tipico,” which is the traditional outfit that the women wear in the indigenous towns around Guatemala; I cannot explain in words how wonderful, but uncomfortable that experience was.I have many fantastic influences in my life here in Guatemala, whom have made it a little easier to be away from my home, my family, and my friends.Fellow missionaries, my host family, and the teachers and staff at the school have been wonderful.I am taking full advantage of this opportunity to work on my personal and spiritual growth, while focusing on providing services to the kiddos in Santa Maria de Jesus, which is the reason I am here.
So, let’s get to the most important part- the kiddos.I have been seeing the children at The New Life School for a few weeks now.I see the kids who attend the school between 8 am – noon, which is when schools get out here in Guatemala.Right now, I am focusing on evaluating each child so that I know where to start.They all are so special and interesting in their own way, I really have enjoyed meeting them and learning to understand their little quirks.In the afternoon, I see kiddos from the community who do not attend the school for one reason or another; usually they are either too young or have too severe of a disability that schooling is not pursued.I really like this part of my job as well, because it has taken me out into the community to meet so many wonderful people.
I had the opportunity to work in the wheelchair factory a couple weeks ago, to assist with fitting children from surrounding Guatemalan towns with functional wheelchairs.That was a very rewarding experience, because the wheelchairs were donated to these kiddos and for the first time in their lives, they were able to sit independently without the assistance of a family member.It took a lot of hands on alterations to each wheelchair, but Amy (the other occupational therapist who has been here nine years) and I were able to fit three children with cerebral palsy with wheelchairs that would support their engagement in the environment.
I continue to learn many life lessons with each day that passes, and I look forward to the experiences that are in store for me during the next four months!Thank you again for your support.Please email me with updates of your life as well, because I would love to know what wonderful things you are doing.
With Love, Megan
Sun, April 10, 2011
by Eric Rochester filed under