Trip Start Jan 14, 2013
27Trip End Apr 15, 2013
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We met some incredible people here, elder mother-daughter sharing an orange from Marg, two young brothers oblivious to the peril around them, an elder gentleman clinging to his radio listening to the sounds of the outside world. Rotary Cucuta is working with the municipal government to attempt to move the "facility" to a more secure location, away from the flooding river and border traffic.
Our last stop was an inspirational project lead by a woman who had lost her grandchild to Down Syndrome. Over a period of years she has spearheaded the construction and operation of a facility that accommodates the most severe handicapped and is funded by a number of charitable organizations and endowments. Complete with rotating dieticians, physiotherapists, other health professionals and therapy pool the children and adults are in the best place they could possibly be. University students also do rotating practicums here and from all accounts have no shortage of real world experiences to apply their new training. The staff were proud to inform us that their handicap "team" had placed third overall in competitions in Colombia.
Marg and I are truly grateful to Rotary Campbell River for the opportunity they have provided us to participate in their wheelchair distribution project headed by Hansi Zhilmann. It has provided us with an opportunity to see parts of the world we would undoubtedly never see and meet some incredible people doing incredible things for their country and for the less fortunate. We have also had the pleasure of meeting and travelling with some new friends with Rotary, who are also doing great things for those without mobility. Something we will never take for granted again. We wish them all the best as they continue their fundraising and future trips to South Africa in 2014. Bolivia in 2015 and Vietnam in 2016.