Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Children's Hospital
The Institute is a hospital for handicapped children or children with disorders/disabilities.
Visiting this hospital was the moment I had been waiting for and I was not at all disappointed. Located on the sea with a entire beach at the backdoor, it is an ideal place for children to heal and thrive.
There are several hospital wing sections, but there is also a schoolhouse. For some children who are recovering from surgeries, this is their primary school. For others, they visit part time as a supplement to their regular school.
My friend and I were well received by the children and the staff. First we sat in a classroom with 2 middle-school aged children, without really understanding what was going on.
The kids asked us various things like, what do we think about guns (Oh boy!), and how much does an American car cost, and how do we live here for a semester without making any money? All good questions. Luckily, my political opinions were all pretty well received by the teachers and students.
After some chatting, it was RECESS time! But it was the best recess ever, because recess is on the BEACH!
Amazing. The kids were so friendly, wanting to take picture directly after the teacher told us not to take pictures with individuals. (These pictures are okay since they show crowds and are hard to identify faces.)