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, August 16, 2011

Shirley, braille instructor, with a poster of the Spanish braille alphabet (left)
and a poster of the Perkins braille writer (right)
Pictures taken by Katrina Best

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Reflejos (Reflections)

I just arrived last night and am having a difficult time adjusting.  Even though it was sometimes difficult not to have the modern conveniences, it still made life much more simple.  Now being back I feel like I HAVE to have the conveniences but I know I don't need them.  I actually started to feel Bolivian and pride for the country when I was down there.  I love my country but I feel like my experience abroad has been life changing.  I thank all of you for taking this journey with me and I look forward to continuing this blog with information and updates about the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind.