Our Programs are:
Rehabilitation in Piña Palmera
Human communication and Learning Disabilities
Programs for the self-sufficiency of Piña Palmera
Programs that Encourage Community Self-Sufficiency in Rehabilitation
Spring and Summer Camps
Special Care Area
The general practitioner of the Center gives primary care and supervision of medications. Consumers who require consultations with specialists, surgical interventions, electroencephalograms, or the adaptation of orthopedic devices or hearing aids receive these services outside of the Center. These consumers are referred and accompanied to hospitals in Oaxaca City and Mexico City. Families with low incomes receive economic assistance for surgical interventions, special medical treatments, and for the care of persons with disabilities.
We offer consultations to consumers who live within our Center or in the surrounding community to diagnose, evaluate, or elaborate upon individuals’ existing rehabilitation programs. We also provide training for family members or health promoters to encourage the implementation of these programs. We also offer wheelchair adaptations, customized seating, walkers, and other assistive devices such as crutches, canes, hearing aids, etc.
Consumers from neighboring communities who have special therapy needs are given the opportunity to come and stay for a limited amount of time (from one week to three months). One family member may accompany them as they receive attention and training in their rehabilitation program.
Beatriz Montalvan Hay has a bachelor’s degree in Human Communication and attends children with difficulties in language and learning. We also have a social worker her who attends to Deaf children and young persons to teach them sign language, reading, and writing skills. These activities are done in a collective manner and family members are trained in order to encourage follow-up within the community.
Around 35 people eat in Piña Palmera daily; volunteers, young people with disabilities who live in our Center, children who receive help with their homework, and consumers who live outside our Center. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are served.
For years we have been working on developing a line of products which economically support the Center and in particular the self-sufficiency of consumers who participate in our programs.
There are four workshops in Piña Palmera which were designed with the goals of promoting therapeutic occupations and demonstrating work as an artesan, carpinter, or horticulturalist. We would like these workshops to someday be economically self-sufficient with production and sales.
- Handicrafts Workshop: Design, fabrication, and sales of hand-crafted wooden toys
- Handicrafts Shop: Items produced in several locations are sold here. We maintain a perspective of economic solidarity as we manage this shop.
- Carpentry Shop: Fabrication and adaptation of equipment and assistive devices as well as fabrication of furniture for use within the Center and for sale
- Recycled Paper Workshop: We make paper as a form of therapeutic occupation for children and young persons who participate in our programs. Products from this activity are a source of funding and we plan to increase and diversify our production efforts.
- The Garden: The garden is used to cultivate and collect local species of fruits and natural products used in construction. Our Center´s garden has been made wheelchair accessible. We also produce compost from our kitchen scraps and encourage local businesses to give us their scraps as well.
The hydrotherapy program is carried out every Saturday at the beaches close to Piña Palmera, (such as Puerto Angel or San Agustinillo). We work with the youths of the special cares area. Participants may also learn to swim or play aquatic games. We also go to rivers near Piña Palmera.
On Wednesdays, mothers with their children participate in early intervention activities. Participants are not required to come every week, and on average each week 10 mothers participate. Mothers are trained hands-on in how to work with their children by the therapists of our Center and by the other mothers.
One of the guiding principles of Community-Based Rehabilitation in the encouragement of local rehabilitation services in each of the communities in which we work. This is achieved through the recruitment, training, and supervision of local promotors of rehabilitation (the majority of which are family members of persons with disabilities).
The local promoters are members of the community. Any interested person could be a local promoter, such as a person with a disability, a family member of a person with a disability, a student who is fulfilling his social service, a teacher, a catechist, etc. Public officials and religious leaders assist with various actions in our program.
We organize spring and summer camps every year for children and teens with and without disabilities. We promote interaction within a group and solidarity while participants undertake a variety of sports, recreational, educational and social activities. On average, 50 children and teens from various communities participate. The camps last one week.
Four young persons, the majority of which are orphans, live in our Center. They arrived to our Center more than 10 years ago and they have significant ongoing needs for medical and therapeutic attention. We also attend to one young person who is in our Center for half of the day.
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