INSFIDIM – another year

 My last full week with INSFIDIM and time to start to say goodbye. It is Monday morning and assembly, the National Anthem sung with fervour if not complete harmony, announcements and admonitions and congratulations for birthday

Is this your backpack?
Is this your backpack?

My class, taught with love and enthusiasm by SuzyCastro. Ten in all, different and all requiring indivividual attention. There is Dayana confined to her wheelchair and exhibiting extreme spasticity but always wanting to cut paper. Believe me having a spastic child using scissors requires one to maintain a high degree of concentration. Pamela, Jose, Jesús, Kevin & Patricia brother and sister, Ricky, Paul, Stalin and Emerson. All different but all are special. Of course the other classes have their complement of different and special children. At recess they come together to have their snacks, to greet a teacher with much affection, and to play. When playing somehow they forget their disabilities and enjoy the mayhem. 

Time for a snack
Time for a snack

Each year, Abrazos Canada tries to help INSFIDIM by funding a project. This year the director, Marie requested that a new classroom be created to shelter the infants from the rain and sun, we are just south of the equator. Today the classroom has been completed much to the delight of the children and their teacher Lupita. 

Infants shelter construction
Infants shelter construction

Last month, to celebrate the start of Carnival the school had a two week vacation. As is the custom during Carnival one gets sprayed or doused with water with one giving as good as one gets. The last day of school spray cans were in all hands and no one escaped. Of course the teachers and myself were prime targets. It was great fun. Farewell INSFIDIM Ojala! I will return next year.

Carnival! No one escapes the spray!
Carnival! No one escapes the spray!

 

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