*November 26, 2010 Update*
If possible, we would also like to rent for Fransisca the room next door. As it is now, she is sharing a small, cinderblock room with seven other family members, including her handicapped grandson, Jose David. There is so little space in the room that the family has to crawl over beds to get to the kids' area (see photos at the bottom of the blog post). Renting this room would cost just $16 a month and would allow Fransisca to get more proper rest and cleaner air.
|Up front: the room for rent. Behind it is the one bedroom home that the Chiquirin family is already renting. The extra space that this room would provide would essentially be an extension of their current small home.|
*November 12, 2010 Update*
We just got a donation for a new bed for Fransisca!
Thank you so much for your support. Fransisca already has her bed, a luxury compared to what she had to deal with before. Because the Chiquirin family's room was too small to hold the bed, our carpenter, Carlos, cut it a bit shorter, and now it fits perfectly.
From left: Fransisca (sleeping soundly), her great-granddaughter, and her grandson, Jose David, who is physically handicapped and looking for sponsorship so that he can continue his physical therapy sessions
For more photos, click here. Again, thank you so much for your support.
|This is Fransisca's sleeping space, behind the|
door. She sleeps on top of an old blanket on
|Fransisca with her great-granddaughter, who also shares|
the room with Fransisca. With 8 people sharing the small
bedroom, it is very cramped and stuffy.
* November 9, 2010 Update: Fransisca broke her leg and is being treated at the hospital in Solola.*
|Paramedics rushed her to the hospital. Because of the road|
damages, we had to take a paramedic boat to San Gorje and
and then over to Solola.
|Fransisca and Ventura, her daughter-in-law and primary caretaker, on the |
ride to San Gorje. The paramedics escorted us on a private boat.
Meet Fransisca Chiquirin
|receiving adult diaper donations|
|Jose David, Ventura, Oseas, and a granddaughter|
One of the eight family members living in this small room is Jose David, Oseas and Ventura’s 13-year-old son. Jose David is severely disabled. He cannot walk and never went to school. But he is always smiling, making jokes, and delighting his parents. In these cramped quarters it is easy to see that this is a very loving family.
|receiving gastritis medicine|
Both Francisca and Jose David must use diapers, which can cost up to $2.50 a day—a heavy burden on a family with such unsteady income. Fransisca needs medication for the intense pain in her legs and hands, as well as for gastritis and malnutrition. She also needs incaparina, a fortified starch food that is one of the few things that she can stomach. Oseas uses every spare cent to buy the medicines and incaparina when he can, but very often Fransisca must go without. Your support can ensure that Fransisca has a consistent supply of the medicines and food that she desperately needs. Your support would also help relieve the Chiquirin family of the burdensome necessity to buy diapers, allowing them to use their resources to feed and provide for the education of their children and grandchildren.
To make a one-time donation for Fransisca, please click here and enter "Elderly Care, Fransisca" in the Other section. To make a monthly contribution towards Fransisca's needs, please click here and enter "Elderly Care, Fransisca" in the Other Program section. Thank you so much!