After a lunch meeting with the Cucuta 2 club we visited a rehabilitation center
. One of only two in all of Colombia. They rehabilitate the blind, amputees, hearing disabled, and provide some advanced dental care for children in need. This center has won numerous awards in Colombia and the international community foir their work. They have a nice workshop where they build prostetics and orthodics for the patients. There is a problem still with old landmines in some parts of Colombia and these are mainly the ones who loose limbs and are in need of prostetics. The orthodics are for mainly children with schooleosis. This center was recently visited by the US Ambasador to Colombia and aparently he was very impressed with the efforts and hard work from the staff. Im sure he will be earmarking some funding in the future!
It seems that our spanish is getting a little better... but thankfully we have had some people in each Rotary group who are pretty good at english!
All for now... enjoy the photos!
Today friday we were greeted by our friend Mother Nature with another 40+C day. This morning we visited a project implemented by The Rotary group Cucuta 2, which my hosts Melvin & Claudia are members of. Melvin is the arcetect that designed the buildings in the pictures. The buildings were funded in part by Spanish, Italian, and German Rotary groups as well. In this very poor community there are building a community center to help the children of the community. The commmunity center ranges from daycare for the young children, and serves kinda like a vo-tech for the teenagers. They teach vocations like cooking, sewing, computer services, and beauty school classes. It allows these less fortunite kids become self sustainable in their own community. There were a group of sisters that run this community center and graciously offered us baked treats and sodas.