Project for persons with disabilities"He is my legs, I am his eyes."Virginia Choque Quispe of the center for persons with disabilities, togehter with her fiancé, center president Micasio Valencia Bustamante. Virginia is in a wheelchair, Micasio is blind.
Life as a disabled person is everything but easy in the Andean region of Peru. Very often people with physical or psychical limitations find themselves on the margin of society as they are excluded and even socially despised.
We are trying to improve the living conditions of disabled people in the region of Urubamba, to guarantee the fulfilment of their human rights and to give them back their quality of life. We are committed to their social integration by helping them to find a job or by accompanying them to the doctor. The 80 members of our project also receive financial help e.g. through the payment of necessary operations or medicine and the procurement of hearing aid, glasses and wheelchairs.
Every Wednesday, the members meet in our office to talk with each other and to organise their doctor’s visits together with the workers of Corazones para Perú. From Monday to Friday our cook Luzdelia prepares a three-course lunch for the disabled which costs them only two soles. Doing so, an appropriate alimentation can be ensured, which they could never afford without the help of Corazones para Perú.
In order to give them a regular income, we created the knitting workshop in 2011. At their weekly meetings the disabled produce cardigans, pullovers and hats which they sell on their own market stall. The products are also sent to Germany where they are sold in our association’s shop.
A good relationship with our members is of big importance for us. Because of this, we are doing regular home visits and get a good insight in our member’s life and the problems they have to face. This enables us to give very specific help and to support everybody individually.
Due to the great cohesion and unity in our project everyone is strengthened. When meeting for example Maruja or Hugo you can easily see: Enjoyment of life does not have anything to do with physical integrity as long as you have somebody who understands and helps you.
Wheelchair race on Urubamba's Plaza de Armas
Meeting of members of the center
Many deep friendships have grown out of the group
It's good to compare notes and trade stories
This hearing-impaired girl is receiving a hearing aid