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  • Nearly 2 years ago we founded Grupo Visión, for anyone, who suffers from a chronic illness, a handicap or who just wants to be with us. We are nothing official or formal, no money is involved, except when we have organized events to raise funds, mostly to pay Equinotherapy for severly handicapped children from very poor families ( there are a lkot of these). We have organized a few sensitivity walks for the general population, they go blindfolded and feel how it is to be visually impaired. Recently we invited Golbol, a ball game for blind people. There are 2 teams of each 3 members, the ball they have to get into the goal of the other team has little bells on it. Amazing! These guys just do beautiful with that ball and when seeing people tried they had a real hard time getting the ball into the goal...

    Two days ago we took a photograph of us. Some people always come to our once - a - month - meeting, some come and visit and disappear, some re - appear later. It is just a wonderful source of strength and ideas for all of us:

    The lady in white on the left suffers from Multiple Sklerosis and is about to open a center for people with all kinds of chronic and autoimmune - diseases. Behind her is her little daughter. The woman behind her, who embraces her daughter, suffers from severe Rheumatic Arthritis. Beside and a little behind her in the last row is Eli, a blind young psychologist, full of ideas and energy. Eli embraces me. Eli´s right hand lies on the shoulder of Rosendo, the husband of the lady with Rheumatic Arthritis. He suffers from Parkinson´s Disease and this day he was kind of frozen, but he still came. On the floor, in front of Rosendo, sits Rosalba, she organizes the Special Olympics for people with any handicap here in town. Beside me on the right in the back is a young woman, Esther, who attended for the first time. For 8 years she suffered from the consequences of Blood Poisoning , she also suffers from Rheumatic Arthritis. This was the first time she was able to speak to others about her experience. She had found me on FaceBook. Beside her laughs Rebeca, who does not have an illness or handicap. She works as a volunteer for alternative health in 20 of the poorest Mayan Indian communities here in the highlands and is an alternative practitioner. In front of her stands Little Raymundo, who was born with water in his brains , he is 12 years old and an enchanting boy, who has just learnt to read and talk within the last 3 years. Behind him is Amalia, who suffers from a conition of her optic nerve that at times blinds her and is extremely painful. Beside Amalia stands Raymundo, Big Raymundo, who is a single father to little Raymundo and with his love has awakened his son to life. One of his tools to stimulate his son´s brains has been computers, he is a computer - hacker and we collect old computers from people, who buy new ones and Raymundo fixes and conditiones these for people with all kinds of handicaps. Beside Raymundo father stands Blanka, who is visually impaired because of Glaucoma, she hold her little son and beside Blanka stands her husband Gerardo, who promotes Veganism and ecological construction of houses in the area. In front of Blanka sits Luis Gabriel, a blind masseuse and father of two little children. Beside Luis Gabriel sits Parama, a yoga - teacher and physical therapist from the US, who just landed in town. She speaks fluent Spanish, has lived with her husband in Guatemala and wants to offer her services to people with any kind of handicap or disability. In front of Parama sits Manuel, who struggles finding his niche in life and struggles with being gay or partly gay, whatever. He is an artist.

    Don´t you think that we are a wonderful bunch?

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    Photography by Manuel Cantoral
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