Volunteer Trip to Peru
Organized by: Meg Whitney
Did you know that only 4% of children with disabilities receive an education in Peru?
My name is Meg Whitney and I am a first year doctor of physical therapy student at the University of Washington. Recently, I became actively involved in a student run organization at UW called GROW (Global Rehabilitation Organization at Washington). GROW is an interprofessional group of students with a shared interest in global health and community outreach. Through GROW, I have been given the opportunity to travel with physical therapy and occupational therapy students along with a licensed PT to Cusco, Peru this September to volunteer with an amazing organization called Manos Unidas (MU). Founded in 2008, MU is Peru’s first and only not-for-profit private school for children with disabilities. MU’s mission is to maximize the abilities and potential of individuals with developmental disabilities through a humanistic, personalized education, honoring such principles as respect, justice and tolerance for all community members. While we are in Cusco, we will be providing physical therapy services to the children at MU in order to help improve their quality of life and facilitate their successful inclusion within society.
I am so thankful for the opportunity to take this trip so that I can work towards reducing the cultural stigma towards those with disabilities on a global scale. I need your help to get there! My goal is to raise $2000 to help pay for airfare, housing, volunteer fees, and medical supplies we will be bringing with us to MU. Please consider donating. Any donation helps, no matter how small! Thank you!
For more information about Manos Unidas, visit http://www.manosunidasperu.net/.