When I first
met him, he was sitting in a corner, barely able to lift his head. Now he is able to walk with a walker to and from the classroom. His goal is to be able to use all the playground equipment. He is still unable to climb up and down a slide. In the near future I can see him climbing up the slide.
Our biggest helper
I love when Franklina comes back from break. Her mother always has stories of what Franklina tells her. Her mother asked my husband if it was correct that we brush the children's teeth twice a day because Franklina insisted that she brushes her teeth once in the morning and once in the evening, and my husband told her yes. Now her family brushes their teeth twice a day.
He is Muslim. We have all our children attend church. We explain to our Muslim parents that this is one way that our children can be involved with "normal" children. Watala insists on going to church on Sunday instead of going to the temple with his mother.
5 children and 1 adult
His mother does not speak a word of English. One day he was speaking English and she asked a family member what he was saying. The family member reported that he was thanking God for the food that he was about to eat.
One of our family group members winning his first wheelchair race
Parents, school children, and us
Our washer - she washes everything by hand
Therapy without realizing what it is -
working the land
One of our family groups
learning how to make soap