June 07, 2017

Crystal Clear Communication!

     Uncle Ralph, is what the team called Ralph from the Montrose, Colorado Work and Witness team that worked with their Quichua brothers and sisters to build a church in San Pedro de Tunchi, outside of Riobamba, Ecuador on the Sierra Centro District.
      Kely, is a 3 year old girl whose parents attend the San Pedro Church and she was at the project everyday because her mother worked in the kitchen.  
It wasn't long until Kely spotted Uncle Ralph and they quickly developed a friendship. She would go and find him on the job site and lead him by his hand into the house to play.  
      Kely was always bundled up in a nice warm hat and jacket to keep warm and one day when Uncle Ralph was holding her, she reached up and pointed to his hearing aid.  He took it out and showed it to her.  Kely pulled off her hat and pointed to her own hearing device on her little headband. She knew they had a common bond. All this communication happened without words. 
      Kely was born with one ear completely closed and the other ear was totally deformed. All of her communicating is through gestures, shaking her head or a few words.  It will be a while before she will be able to be operated on. Medics say that it would be wise to wait until Kely is 10 to have an operation.  
      Uncle Ralph and Kely developed a bond and a friendship without words, without talking but the communication was very clear even through the different languages.  

Kelly and Uncle Ralph before the team left.

           Kelly's hearing device is not working properly and it will cost a lot of money to get it repaired.
           Her parents are taxi drivers and it is hard to save money to help Kelly.

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