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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, July 5, 2011

The 4th of July and other adventures...


Since I wrote last, Katrina and I have met the director of the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind, gotten lost, almost set the host family´s house on fire, and played walleyball with some Bolivians.  Needless to say, the last 4 days have been eventful.  On July 2, Katrina and I decided to make dinner for our host family to celebrate the 4th of July.  In true American fashion, we figured we would make burgers, fries, and apple pie.  Well, while making the burgers and fries, I picked up the pan and accidentally spilled some oil into the flame of the GAS stove.   Huge flames rose and Boliviama (our host mom, Nancy) came to the rescue.  We had a nice laugh about it for the next few days.  Sunday was a fantastic day also.  We had a huge meal of chorizo and carrot salad.  We sat around outside drinking wine and playing music with Ruben and Pablo (the friends of Lenny, the youngest daughter).  Shortly after that, Katrina and I went to play walleyball at a gymnasium and then we returned home to eat and go to mass.  Yesterday, we literally worked all day on a presentation that the director, Nicodemes, asked us to complete and share with the teachers at the blind center about the system of education of the visually impaired in the US.  It has been an amazing experience in communicating in Spanish and also a great opportunity to build connections between the program here and the one in the US.  We present tomorrow and both Katrina and I are a bit nervous, but I´m sure all will go well.  I mean what´s the worst that could happen?  They kick us out of the country?  Anyway, Saludos y Abrazos, I miss you all very much!


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