Divine Providence

Special Needs Children and the Flood

 

Recovering at home, Antonio was pulled from his bed and carried up the ladder to the roof, as the sudden flood waters kept rising. Eventually, the water reached the roof. After the water subsided, Antonio was taken to the hospital to make certain none of his stitches broke. His family lost everything. When I write 'everything' I am remembering looking at the inside of this house. The refrigerator, stove, bedding, furniture, clock and the small TV that was in his room are all gone. Clothing - washed away or destroyed. Food - washed away of destroyed. Like all of the other houses, there is simply nothing left. The appliances and furniture were all purchased on credit. The credit of the poor is not Visa or Master Card. The stores provide credit and payments are payroll deducted.

 

Christian has already experienced brain surgery and he will need another surgery. His home was also flooded. He also waiting on the roof with his parents as the waters continued to rise. The house was completely filled with water and all was lost. Like other families, they have no way to replace anything. Unlike other families, they also need to get their son to Monterrey for another operation.

 

As I explained in another post, the three children in this picture are all deaf-mutes. Yes, they also were in the same colonia as Antonio and Christian. Yes, they also lost everything that they own. We are doing all that we can in this colonia.

 

We are also helping the parents of Gabby. You may recall that her mother sells her own blood to keep food on the table.

 

We also met another paralyzed child in this same colonia and an elderly woman confined to a wheel chair.

 

I return to the colonias to continue delivering your help and I continue to hear mothers ask, "Why are these Americans doing so much to help my child? They've never even met my child. How can I thank them? How can I explain how I feel?"

 

 

﷯Acuna Flood At 4 a.m. the flood struck Acuna and Del Rio, Texas. Entire blocks of homes, on both sides of the Rio Grande were quickly washed away. What is left of Tropical Storm Charley seems to be sitting over the twin cities of Acuna and Del Rio. I am told that entire colonias are submerged. Because of the flooding I cannot get to those colonias. I am told that even the cinder block homes have been washed away. The Mexican news agencies report that 9 people are confirmed dead as they tried to cross a flooded gully by using a rope. It is impossible to know the real numbers of dead and missing. The transient population, the large number of little children from Latin America that recently arrived in Acuna are unknown. The creeks that run off the Rio Grande quickly flooded the nearby houses. Parents cannot get to their homes from the factories, so they have no idea if their children are safe. Electrical power is gone. Snakes are filling the water. The Rio Grande is at least a mile wide at the bridge.
Wendy's Surgery
June 3 2014 - 11 year old Wendy had surgery on both of her feet and our hope is that this helps to free the child from her wheel-chair. Wendy also has severe brain disabilities that surgery cannot correct. Sometimes we must define success as making a life better for the child and her mother. Wendy really does not understand that the doctors and nurses are helping her. She only knows that she is in pain and wants to go home. We expect her to return to her home by the end of the week.

Alinne still awaits surgery. We visited her classroom and watched as she typed in Braille. During our last visit she asked if it was possible that we could provide a small hand-held recording device so that she could record her lessons at the 'regular' (public) school. We gave her a recorder ($30) and she and the other blind children squealed with delight as she recorded her voice. Alinne is more than someone that we will help. She is guiding us to help all of the blind that live in poverty. More on that in another story. . .

Jun 3, 2014 Antonio's surgery was a success and he remains at home during recovery. The tumor from his leg was removed and after intense physical therapy we believe he will walk. This week we gave him a laptop equipped with educational games and we also gave him some DVD's. His mother said that they always wished for a laptop for her son to help with his school work and education.

May 28, 2014 - A city employee met with Bob, Brenda (Secretary of the President of social services known as DIF) at the park and playground. The playground equipment is in perfect condition. The city will begin work to resolve the drainage problems and repair the streets. We are also exploring the best way that the community can help as we make plans to improve this memorial to one of our earliest and most enthusiastic volunteers, Sam.

Alinne Nashely Pérez is 11 years old. Born blind, she now has an infection and her left eye must be removed and replaced with a glass eye.

 

Her favorite subject at school is art. She uses a Braille paint set and is quite the artist! On our previous visit her mother said that she likes 'dolls that talk".

After School Program

Without the program, many little children come home to an empty house because parents are at work. At our recent unannounced visit we were very happy with what we observed. The children were well fed and we joined them in some dancing and play.

 

A friend of ours, Police Officer Poncho, was with us and joined in the fun.

Paper Houses Across the Border

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P. O. Box 2954

San Antonio, Texas 78299-2954

Paper Houses Across the Border

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