About Me

My name is Molly Clesen and I currently work as a teacher of students with visual impairments in Springfield Public Schools. I interned for 5 weeks this summer with the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind in Cochabamba, Bolivia. This was an opportunity to empower and contribute to an amazing program in this local community by working with the clients to help them complete tasks independently, teaching lessons on writing, Braille, and other techniques, and participating in games and exercises to stimulate other senses. My goal has been to keep all supporters informed with up to date information about my fundraising efforts and experiences abroad. Even though I have returned, the center for the blind continues to need support. If you would like to donate to a very worthwhile cause, please click on the "Donate" button below. Thank you and any support you can provide is very appreciated. --Molly

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

There's no need to fear...

Katrina Best is going to be there!  Katrina is officially coming with me!  Lots of pics and postings to follow after we leave June 28.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

So far so good...

Travel Medications...Check
Plane tickets to and from Bolivia...Check
Bug spray...check

The grand total raised so far is $1700!  I am very excited but also a little nervous about taking this adventure.  This is the first time that I will be going to a foreign country without family or friends.  This will be the ultimate test of my wits, as I haven't spoken Spanish in some time.  Instead, I've been preoccupied with studying for my Orientation and Mobility certification test, which I take June 22.  God willing, everything will continue to go as well as it has and this will be the experience of a lifetime.

Stay tuned ladies and germs...

Giving til there's nothing left...

Thanks to all who gave and volunteered for the 50/50 raffle last night at the East Peoria Throwdown Mixed Martial Arts fights.  The original split was to be $206 for Bolivia, and $206 for the lucky ticket number drawn during the intermission.  As a great surprise, the winner, a doctor from OSF in Peoria on staff for the show, donated the money BACK to the pool, making the total to the cause $412!  THEN, my very caring boyfriend donated the money that he earned as a referee that evening, making the GRAND TOTAL $540!  

Also, I want to thank Seedlings Braille Books for Children for giving 6 children's books already adapted in braille.  These books have both Spanish and English print and Spanish and English braille.  They are an amazing organization, with a program that kids can sign up for to receive two free braille books each year.