By Cyndi Maloy, ER Latin America Writer
Most of us never think about what a gift it is to be able to communicate using our words. That’s not possible for some of the children with disabilities at For His Children (FHC), an ER partner working with at-risk and abandoned children in Ecuador. These sweet kiddos are trapped inside their bodies, knowing what they want to say, but not being able to do so.
Recently, a group of 17 university students from Northeastern University in Boston came to volunteer with FHC and brought with them iPads designed to open up the world of communication for these precious children. Each iPad is loaded with programs specifically tailored to that child’s abilities. Within an hour of receiving the iPads, these special kids were using their devices to communicate for the very first time.
In addition to teaching the children how to use the iPads, the students taught the caregivers to use them, allowing them to communicate directly with the children using something besides “yes” and “no” questions.
As the photos with this story demonstrate, technology plus caring hearts can open worlds that were once closed. Kudus to FHC and Northeastern University, and thanks for letting ER be a small part of making life better for these special children.
For His Children works in Quito and Latacunga, Ecuador. The organization serves homeless children, providing care in a loving and supportive environment, striving to unite them with their biological or adoptive family, and advocating on their behalf to others. Learn more about the work of For His Children at: http://tinyurl.com/ooyqhhy.