Tuesday, May 20, 2014

In the gym... And the pool

We continued our stay at Zanmi Beni orphanage with time spent in the gym and, later in the day, in the pool!

In the morning, we returned to the PT gym,which is a semi-screened in addition to the back of the main building. It should be a fully-screened addition, but over the years, the wear and tear from use (and children) has led to multiple holes and tears in the screens. Enter Dr Timothy Sanford, a.k.a. The Handyman who made a trip to the local hardware store and returned with tools and supplies to begin repairing the screens.

Meanwhile, Beth Leiro continued to work on positioning devices and wheelchair seating systems. This time, she was joined by a group from the Afya Foundation, a New York based organization that "support(s) ongoing health initiatives in Africa and the Caribbean by supplying critically needed surplus medical supplies, hospital equipment and humanitarian provisions by collecting unwanted supplies from the healthcare, corporate and private communities and sending them abroad."

Later in the day, several children from the orphanage got a treat when a group of high school students played with them in Zanmi Beni's outdoor pool. Everyone enjoyed the break from the heat and some of the high schoolers might have been inspired to become aquatic therapists one day.

Tomorrow, we hope to finish repairing the screens, adapt some more equipment, and possibly paint the PT gym.

For tonight,
I'll say

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