Mission Essential Goals for Peru:
From breakfast we set out to the nearby woodworking shop run by Jose Luis called “Capacitados”, which means “The Capable”, and is a workshop where he trains people with various disabilities carpentry to the level of their ability. Capacitados will be our primary production facility for the moment and the students will be intimately involved in the production of the standing frames. I took the opportunity to explore the shop and verified that the shop already had all necessary equipment to assemble the standing frames and had a chance to discuss with Jose Luis information about the upcoming production. We are ready to begin as soon as tomorrow afternoon!
From the Capacitados workshop, Julia and I proceeded to Prite Callao which is a school for over 180 children with disabilities of all kinds. The director Yerika Villanueva showed us around the school which has 7 private therapy rooms decked out with colorful toys and learning tools. We had heard that Prite Callao had received a SWM standing frame about 2 years ago from our shop in Arequipa, Peru (south of lima 17 hr drive) however it turns out that was not the case. Yerika showed us two non-SWM standing frames that they have in their clinic, neither of which is very useful due to the poor adjustability or lack of support provided. When we showed her and some of the Prite Callao therapists pictures of our standing frame they became very excited and exclaimed, “this is exactly what we have been hoping and looking for”. We set up two sessions at their center for early next week to train their whole therapy staff in the use of standing therapy and the SWM standing frame.
Next we headed over to La Mesa del Reino’s facilities named “Qumi”. There we began contacting local CNC shops that we will use to cut out the plywood parts of or standers. I turns out that Julia is also a graphic designer so she has the computer program and skills to make edits to the standing frame CNC files at LMR, so we don’t have to pay an engineer to make the changes. So we set about editing the computer files to reflect the most recent updates to the design based on feedback from Guatemala earlier this week.
In the evening I went with Juan Marcos to the local Sodimac, the Peruvian equivalent of Home Depot, and we purchased the 2x4 and 2x3 planks. Those combined with the hardware and items I brought from Guatemala combine so that we now have all the materials required for the batch of 4 standers.
Finally, 9 staff and patients from LMR and myself went out to a rotisserie chicken dinner as a team to get to know each other. This group of people are extremely talented and driven to help improve the lives of people with disabilities. It is now midnight, and I am exhausted, but satisfied with the immense progress that we made today. We are even slightly ahead of schedule. I cannot believe how smoothly things are going. It is incredible to see how god provides.