Sunday was spent welcoming more folks and preparing for the week’s work. Rick and Laura arrived early in the morning, exhausted by the 26 hour trip that included spending the night in the Lima airport to catch an early morning Arequipa flight. They ate breakfast with us and then went to sleep!
Sammie and I had a rooftop laundry session, then it was off to Carmen Alta which is the site of the wheelchair clinics this week. It has an interesting history. From 1891-1927 it was the Southern Hemisphere astronomical observatory for Harvard University.After that it became a retreat house for the San Juan de Dios Brothers. It is no longer in use for that purpose but still has a huge house with living quarters, a chapel, and a smaller freestanding building that will be the site of our wheelchair clinic. There is even dormitory space where some families are able to stay after traveling long distances. Those from Puno have already arrived.
Many Lions Clubs from the region are sponsoring the clinics this week, which included transportation for the wheelchairs from Lima, meals for us and lots of manual labor unloading boxes and so on. We unpacked and assembled the chairs intended for Monday’s kids, most of whom are traveling from Cusco. We arranged the evaluation area with space for each clinician, the sewing area and the fabrication/tool area. We are mostly ready to go!