Day 2-3 distributions Cucuta
Trip Start Jan 14, 2013
27Trip End Apr 15, 2013
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We also attended a local primary school in the same neighbourhood and after the official ceremonies distributed 15 chairs to mostly physically disabled children. There were a few characters in this group, amazing to see such happiness amongst what must be such a daily struggle. Hopefully these chairs will make each day a little bit better for them.
Our last delivery for Cucuta on the third day was also a combination of house deliveries and a larger group at the Alcadia Municipal Del Los Patios. One of the house deliveries was for a man who had lost his leg in an accident. Once into his chair he was quickly onto the street impressing everyone with his new mobility and obvious joy in being independent once again.
It was in the high 30's and the recipients at the Municipal hall had been waiting patiently under tents for the completion of the ceremonies. A young boy came onto the stage and was very interested in the gringos in blue shirts asking questions I couldn't answer. He then looked back at his grandmother and ran back to give her comfort and put his arms around her. I'm guessing he just wanted to make sure she was going to receive a chair. Craig and I were assigned the role of receiving the recipients and placing them into their chairs. This was a fairly quick process and each recipient had individual challenges. We had to be quick to size up the situation and decide on the best approach for placing them in a chair. They would then receive a round of applause from everyone and move to a second area for photos with their family and Rotary. It is important to record this for the families, local Rotary group and the donors in Canada.
As we were winding down we noticed that many had also taken the cardboard boxes the chairs came in with them. Likely serving a number of uses and providing the kids with that ultimate timeless and free toy, cardboard.
We leave for more distributions in Pamplona tomorrow, a small town two hours south of Cucuta at 8000 feet.