GOT Ministries for Independence
Independence is the goal of so many and absolutely at the center of Occupational Therapy.
On Friday, September 15th, Guatemala celebrated their independence from Spain that occurred in 1821. Unfortunately, it was met with further government-directed denial of rights. The Guatemalan people were told they could not celebrate Independence Day with parades or raising of the flag due to major political unrest. The people persevered and celebrated their national holiday with music, pride and a deep love for their country. It was a beautiful day to be a part of!
I cannot help but think about the INDEPENDENCE of the children we serve as I watched Guatemala celebrate this week. As Occupational Therapists, the independence, quality of life and accomplishment of goals are the center of everything we do. As Guatemala celebrated their INDEPENDENCE, I wanted to celebrate the INDEPENDENCE that we support and facilitate in the children we love and serve. In Occupational Therapy many people struggle with INDEPENDENCE.
Sometimes like the Guatemalans during their Independence Day, people with disabilities are denied their rights, and told that they cannot celebrate or value their accomplishments. Children with special needs here in Santa Maria de Jesus, Guatemala are seen to have no value and no possibility of INDEPENDENCE. Due to the culture, regarding people with special needs, Occupational Therapy services are even more important to assist individuals participating in meaningful activities. We have a unique skill set and position to not only make a difference in the education of these children, but in their daily lives. We, as Occupational Therapists, help modify tasks and teach adaptive techniques to support our clients to accomplish their goals, dreams and especially their INDEPENDENCE!
We at GOT Ministries strive to love, serve and help the children at New Life School daily. We assist our students to move one step closer to finally have a chance to say THIS IS MY INDEPENDENCE DAY, I am INDEPENDENT and I want to CELEBRATE the obstacles I have overcome!
'I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.'