Construction of the second floor has begun!
A very exciting project got underway in March that will make it much easier for volunteers to donate their time and expertise to Pasitos de Luz, meaning more help for the kids.
Ten dormitories are being added to Casa Connor that will be available to volunteers who plan to undertake medium to long-term volunteer placements with us. There will be nine bedrooms for two people and one bedroom for three people, to be able to accommodate up to 21 volunteers. This means that trained specialists, such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists, pediatricians and nurses, can spend several weeks or months here, working directly with the kids without having to spend money on expensive accommodation and transport.
Pasitos de Luz already has a very successful volunteer program that benefits the kids. In the last six months alone we have welcomed a young occupational therapist from Belgium, who spent three months at Pasitos, a group of speech therapy graduates from the US and several retired nurses and physiotherapists from Canada. The children of Pasitos de Luz have always benefited hugely from volunteers, especially those with a clinical background, who are able to work alongside our permanent staff to run diagnoses and assessments, provide more therapies and share experience and knowledge. Now, once the dormitories are in place, we will be able to welcome even more volunteers and for longer periods of time.
This project was made possible by a very generous donation from a donor in Canada who wanted to help the volunteer program at Pasitos continue to grow. The donor identified the donation in her estate, which is a wonderful legacy and a significant gesture for our charity to receive.
The building work is due to be completed by end of July.