Helen Does PT in Peru
Organized by: Helen Dailey-Fallat
Thank you for taking the time to visit this page and showing interest in what I’ve been up to lately! In short, I've recently been presented with an exciting opportunity to combine my love of rehabilitation, volunteerism and cross-cultural exchange and I'm looking for financial support to help make it happen. Please know that if a donation is not feasible at this time, I appreciate every supportive thought you can send my way!
To catch you up to speed, I am finishing up my first year (of three) towards earning my Doctorate of Physical Therapy at the University of Washington. This year has been an absolute whirlwind of information and now I have been invited to travel to Peru to volunteer in a school for children with disabilities. When I made the switch from non-profit work to healthcare, I promised myself to continue finding ways to help those in need, so I’m beyond excited to have been invited on this trip!
In September, I'll be traveling as a member of a student run, multi-disciplinary organization called the Global Rehabilitation Organization at Washington. This past spring I took on leadership with this group as its commitment to global health and local community outreach is closely in line with my own. I’ve been working hard to ensure the sustainability of the group, and this trip is just one of the many programs we support. To read more about how we are involved, please check out our website: https://globalrehab.wordpress.com/.
In Peru, I will be working with children with disabilities through a Peruvian organization called Manos Unidas (MU), the only not-for-profit, special-education school in Cusco (http://www.manosunidasperu.net/). The relationship GROW has developed with MU is sustainable and mutually beneficial; rehab students have the opportunity to learn through the hands-on approach while gaining skills in cultural competency, and we provide services, education, supplies, and funding directly to the organization. Though the specific activities we do with the children will largely depend on current needs of the children, a typical day for the students who traveled last year included one-on-one therapy sessions, classroom assistance, and home visits. We will work to incorporate PT goals throughout the day, aiming to fulfill the kids’ personal goals in each of his or her classes or at home. Overall we will work to improve the function and mobility of these children so as to optimize their ability to be independent now and in the future.
Manos Unidas has graciously arranged a homestay for volunteers just a bus-ride away from the school. My fundraising goal of $3,500 will go towards my airfare, volunteer fees (including accommodation in a homestay, 3 meals a day, volunteer coordinator support such as translators, airport pickup, support with travel arrangements, organization of workshops, MU administration fees, and a donation that goes directly towards MU’s student scholarship program). Lastly, at the end of our stay, the director of MU has offered to organize a 2-day, 1-night trip to Machu Picchu! Anything raised beyond this goal will be used as a further donation to the school and/or for supplies as suggested by the school.
Thank you again for taking the time to read this. If at all possible, I would greatly appreciate your financial support, be it $5 or $100! My goal is to raise this money by the end of August. That's about $3,500 in 35 days. Please share this page with anybody you think would be interested in helping me reach my goal.
Student of Physical Therapy
University of Washington