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Let's help adults with special needs
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In January 2008 my son David six months old. Was diagnosis with a very rare type of epilepsy, to be more precise, catastrophic epilepsy ; the so-called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. It seemed the end of the world to me: my son barely ...

In January 2008 my son David six months old. Was diagnosis with a very rare type of epilepsy, to be more precise, "catastrophic epilepsy": the so-called Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome. It seemed the end of the world to me: my son barely had lived and he was about to die. 

 His best chances were to be alive but without moving. Does any father or any mother ever think that this can really happen to his or her own child? You expect your own baby to be healthy and to live. And, in 2008, our baby was about to die. But he didn't. A miracle? I truly believe so.

I promised him 6 years ago that I would always take care of him but I know that, being 40 years older than my son, I won't be here for eternity. I know he will need special assistance when he grows up and my dream, since the day he survived, was to find the right place for him, a place where he could feel like home. 

 

I searched everywhere in Colombia. Nothing was like I wished. I searched outside Colombia as well, and it was in the United Kingdom where I happened to find the community I had dreamed of: the Camphill Communities. Theses communities provide opportunities for children, young people and adults with learning disabilities, mental health problems and other special needs to live, learn and work together with others in an atmosphere of mutual respect and equality. There are more than 100 Camphill communities in over 20 countries in Europe, North America, southern Africa and India where those with special needs are offered the support they need to develop their potential.

 

Thanks to Lina, a psychologist who worked for 5 years in one of those communities, I saw a window of opportunity to bring the Camphill ideals to Colombia. We started working together and soon Agualinda was born, for David and all the children and adults in need of special care in Colombia.

 

My wife, Olga, opened our house to this cause. The same house where David lived until now, is now a home for others. Agualinda was born to be a true family full of love. We started on the 1st of July, 2013 with a summer camp. So far, we have part-time and full-time residents. We are backed by the United Nations Volunteer Program and we are officially recognized as being part of the Camphill community.

 

At Agualinda we celebrate life every day, because as David showed me...life is a true gift!

We encourage you to live it! We invite you to be part of this project.

 

Help us raising more and more smiles. 

Help us building a new house in Agualinda.

Help us spreading the word.

 

I count on you!

 

Pablo Acevedo

 

This is House # 2. It's almost finished; some works over the bathrooms are still needed. When we finish this, we will be able to provide accommodation to 4 residents with learning disabilities and a volunteer that will assist them. Pablo already committed most of the funds needed but further support is required.

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