INSFIDIM (Instituto Fiscal de Discapacidad Motriz) is a rehabilitation center for children with various physical and cognitive disabilities. Established in Quito in 1998 it has continued to grow thanks to a mixture of governmental assistance and private help. Peter volunteered here last year and also helped provide the needed chemicals to maintain the small pool for hydrotherapy; we have returned to visit and help the children and the very friendly and incredibly dedicated staff. This year, the roof was in bad need of repairs – some of the classrooms turned into marshes regularly ( daily downpours are typical for Quito). Abrazos has supported the purchase of materials for roof and floor repairs – the work was done during 1 week of holidays in February and the finishing touches are being applied now (more to follow!). Monday is hydrotherapy session – the favorite of many children, particularly those with very severe spasticity.
The staff is welcoming and quite willing to learn new techniques, as manual physiotherapy is not well known here. Tough to explain it all
in Spanish but…we manage somehow to communicate and accomplish something. Lots of stretching and exercises but also splashing around in the warm bubbles, just for fun and relaxation.
Not one dry person at the end of the day!