Erin, a PT student from UTMB, spent 3 months in CAF and shares how her time in Guatemala impacted her life.

This year we hosted Erin, our tenth physical therapy student. Unlike previous students who have worked with us for six weeks, Erin spent three months with us. On her last day, she shared some words with our staff. With her permission, I'm sharing them with you so you can hear her experience working with our amazing team.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"This is an incredible group of people. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up to come to Guatemala, but each one of you has made me feel a part of the CAF family and I am so grateful for the past three months working with all of you. You are a caring and kind group of individuals and it has been so fun to get to know each one of you. The way you all work with the patients is so natural and {your compassion is} something that cannot be taught. It’s been really cool to watch how each of you builds a unique relationship with the patients and see how much the patients trust you. The passion and love for your patients shines through and is truly inspiring. I have had so much fun learning from you, with you, and sharing some of the things that I have learned along the way. I feel that each one of you has helped to make me a better therapist and I cannot thank you enough. I look forward to hearing about how you continue to impact patients’ lives as you continue to be that positive and supportive person for them. Lastly, don’t forget about me because I will never forget about you. My heart has a special place for each of you."

Nearly eleven years ago, as I watched our first group of local workers in ASELSI treat the children for the first time, I sensed God would do amazing things through them, more than I could do if I did the work myself. I never imagined the program would grow to serve sixty-one children and adults, provide an annual wheelchair giveaway, develop an annual community fun run, serve as a global health clinical rotation site for physical therapy students from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and more!

From missionary Jennifer Hoines, PT, DPT

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

Pray:     For the adults and children needing therapy in Chichicastenango.  We don't have enough staff to serve them all.
             For those who are receiving therapy, that they would have both physical and spiritual wholeness.
             For the amazing Guatemalan staff, led by Shes
             For the 10 PT students who have visited our program, that they would continue to serve their patients with compassion.

Give:   A financial donation designated to the CAF program will allow us to pay our staff and continue to offer services to those in need.

Plan:    A fund raising event in your town, like our own fun run!  We have all of the materials you need to make it happen.

Visit:    We welcome PT's, OT's, SLP's, etc. who have a heart to serve.  Come for a week or longer.  Contact us for more information.