Ticos made a huge difference in so many lives when they traveled over 7,000 kilometers and volunteered their time to help kids with disabilities in Guinea Bissau, a country in Africa where disabled children are often killed or abandoned because the disability is seen as a curse.
The group of four Costa Rican physiotherapists helped a girl who in her four years of life had never walked. They left her walking with a huge smile. She was able to walk but no one had shown her how.
They also made plaster seats so the kids could sit in the right way for their condition. Many were bedridden before. Some kids who couldn’t move their eyes are now turning their heads.
Centers for abandoned kids with disabilities often have just one nurse and do not have therapies to improve the quality of life of the residents. Without a team of specialists, the disabilities often get worse over time.
All sorts of specialists are needed. If you want more information about volunteering, you can visit the page on Facebook Fisios in Guinea Bissau.