A Gift of Self-Reliance
In Peru, people with visual impairments often lack job prospects. This is partly due to a lack of preparation on the part of Peruvian society to give opportunities to people with disabilities.
Help the Blind in Peru
Grimaldo was a miner in Chincha, Peru when he lost his eyesight during a dynamite explosion at the mines. The road to re-building his life was long but he learned to be self-sufficient by learning shiatsu and other massage techniques at the Center for the Rehabilitation of the Blind in Peru.
Thankfully, Maryknoll Father Kyungsu Son, listened to Grimaldo when he suggested that learning massage therapy would be life changing for blind people living in poverty.
A Maryknoll-supported project is giving the blind in Peru
a chance at self-sufficiency through massage therapy training
Father Son opened Casa Bartimeo that offers:
- five styles of massage
- classes on theoretical and practical concepts of muscle systems, human bone structure, the physiology of organs and joints, as well as body therapies taught by licensed blind teachers
- psychological, social and spiritual support
- legal advice and moral support from a blind lawyer, Robert Monterrey Melgarejo, who volunteers his services at the Center
- breakfast and lunch for students provided by Niño Jesús Parish and the Maryknoll Society
- a certificate from the Diocese of Lurín after a yearlong training
- upon graduation, a start-up tool for work–a massage table–given to each therapist by Bishop Carlos Garcia of the Diocese of Lurín
160,000 Peruvians are blind and almost 600,000 have some visual disability.
“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”
Grimaldo Zapata, left, helps other blind people to develop newly discovered talents as massotherapists at Casa Bartimeo located south of Lima.
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