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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Friday, January 27, 2012

Feliz Ano! (Happy New Year!)

With a new year has come some new developments with the Manuela Gandarillas Center for the Blind.  As a "parting gift", I sent the $500 extra that was raised to the blind center to help them establish a store.  The money was meant to help build an inventory so they could begin training students in artisan work, taking inventory, money and social skills.  Here are the photos as of December 2011, thanks to Michelle from Sustainable Bolivia.

Director Nico has expressed his gratitude and shares that the store is coming along nicely.  He is waiting to see if he can get windows and a door and looks to open the store soon.  Thanks again to all of you who gave to the trip.  This is just one example of how a little effort can do a lot of good!