This summer, we were privileged to join with “Kaitlin’s Mobility Foundation” to bless many special needs children from the region of Alta Verapaz with donated custom wheelchairs. The organization’s directors, Doug and Carol Whitfield, brought a team from Seattle, WA to help distribute the wheelchairs and teach rehabilitation practices to the families. Their team included two special education teachers, a physical therapist, a registered nurse and a family with many years of experience with special needs children.
Due to an airlines embargo, the team was unable to bring all the wheelchair parts and the other donated items that they collected to bless many families. A decision was made for Doug and Mike to return after the embargo restrictions were lifted to give the donated wheelchairs to the other children. On September 15th, an activity is planned at a local church and the wheelchairs will be given to the remaining families that have been patiently waiting.
These pictures will give you an idea of the many activities that took place during the week. Each family had a session with the nurse and all their children were given vitamins. The special education experts taught the parents how to communicate with their children that are unable to speak. The team was used to help with patient evaluation at a local student center for under privileged children and they held a seminar for local health workers at the church.
The sacrifice of this team will be remembered by many people for years to come because of their willingness to share their talents and expertise. Without compassionate and caring people, these children and their families would never have the luxury of having a wheelchair to help them function.