Manos Unidas interprofessional team spent the second week of the trip in the city of Cusco, Peru working with government offices for people with disabilities (OMAPED: Oficina Municipal para Personas con Discapacidad) visiting the homes of families with children with intellectual and physical disabilities.
Our team of physical therapists and educators met with families, listened to their needs and offered consultation, expertise, suggestions for community based resources in collaboration with the OMAPED and more than anything, let families know they were doing an amazing job with their children.
During the week we visited 23 homes, met a variety of families and witnessed the utmost care and compassion families had towards their children regardless of their socioeconomic and family circumstances. We decided to use some donation money and put together essential needs bags for some of our families in extreme need. The bags were filled with food essentials like rice, beans, quinoa, pastas non-perishables as well as some personal hygiene items and a few toys for the children. The bags were delivered by the OMAPED teams.