I'm happy to say our first training with the Special Olympics in the capital went swimmingly. We brought five kids with us to a really nice sports complex. A special olympics coach lead the practice with our kids and another group of adults and kids.
getting ready to head out!
It was really neat to see them meeting other kids with disabilities who are just like them. At first everyone was very shy, but at the end they were giving hugs goodbye and running together and it was great. For me it really boosted my energy and excitement to meet more athletes and see my kids participating. It was perfect.
everyone in action
Our NPH athletes
We want to try to go every 2 weeks and we'll try to bring more kids with us. And its all free :). In the mean time, we'll keep up with our practices at NPH a couple times a week.
On a different note, things are about to get pretty crazy around here in Central America. September is patria month - time to be patriotic. The 15th of September is independence day for many Latin American countries including Guatemala. In the school we're going to have a ton of activities throughout a span of several days with bands, torch runs, parades. I'm looking forward to a change in pace and its so interesting to participate in celebrations I've never seen before.
So - I'm sure its not a huge shock to the world or anything, but finances are rough, not just for NPH Guatemala, but for a lot of the homes and I imagine nonprofits in general. If you are interested in supporting NPH and the lives and family they are trying to provide for these kids, please consider donating on this link. http://www.nph.org/ws/help/donations.php?lang=en
Also, you can donate for specific projects. We are particularly running low on our horse therapy fund with the kids with special needs. We do this once a week for two hours and its so good for the kids. A volunteer physical therapist and occupational therapist head it up and the kids not only get physical therapy with balance and building trunk support, but they also get to ride big, scarey animals. They learn that they can do it; they can accomplish something that is hard and intimidating. I'd hate for them to miss an activity so good for their self-esteem and well-being. All of the specific projects are listed on this link. http://www.nph.org/ws/help/projects/index.php?lang=en
So that's all for me. I'm enjoying my low-key weekend and tomorrow I'm going to watch the first Chicago Bears game of the season! woo-hoo!