On the 9th of August 2018, we took a group of our Seniors on board of the "Different Story"ship, on a cruise on the Vistula River. We started from the “Kurier” marina, on the boulevard of Jan Karski in Warsaw and sailed in the direction of Mokotów (Warsaw district), passing on the way, among others, the “Świętokrzyski” Bridge and the “Kolejowy” Bridge. During an hour cruise our Seniors could admire the beautiful panorama of the city from the perspective of the Vistula River. The cruise was organized by the “Vistula for Warsaw” Foundation, which organizes free cruises on the Vistula River during the summer season. The project is co-financed by the Capital City of Warsaw. Soon, the second group of Seniors will be on that cruise. They are looking forward to boarding.
Our foundation pays 75 PLN for every Szymon’s speech therapy which takes place twice a week and lasts 45 minutes. Szymon communicates with others using single voices and simple vocalizations. He can say “mom” and “dad” and he understands all the commands. The boy has been deferred from school duty so far, he attends to integrated preschool three times a week, where he has sensory integration classes, early development support classes, rehabilitation, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Szymon moves alone in an active wheelchair. He also uses a suit for uprightness.
In February 2018 Siia was diagnosed with autoimmune encephalitis. Characteristic for this disease are multilevel disorders of the limbic system, brain stem, cerebellum, spinal cord, sensory root of the spinal nerve and intestinal muscularis. The girl is treated with steroids, thanks to which the inflammation should slowly disappear. All the time Sia continues pedagogical therapy due to her difficulties in building social relations and other disorders resulting from childhood autism.
Tomek and Wojtek attend already the second grade of high school. The foundation continues to finance their English course.
Tomek intends to pass the exam in extended mathematics and English and basic German. He would like to study economics at the Warsaw School of Economics. Thanks to our foundation's support, he is not worried about English language exam, but he would like to continue this education next year to get certified. Tomek is the best in English in his class. He learns German also.
Wojtek attends a biology and chemical class; he does not know what he wants to study yet, but it's definitely something in this direction. The boy had two eye surgeries, then he had rehabilitation. He has problems with thyroid - he is diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease, he has spine curvature disorders and flat feet.
July 2018. Radek’s epilepsy attacks have increased dramatically during the last two years. They caused a great havoc in his body. By changing the drugs, it was somewhat manageable to control it, but Radek lost some of the skills acquired during intensive rehabilitation and now he is learning again, among others standing with someone's help, holding items in hand or throwing the ball. He needs many hours of exercises, as well as specialized medical care and care products. Currently, the foundation is spending 300 PLN per month for medicines and basic subsistence needs for Radek.
Natan is almost five years old. Our foundation pays for his physiotherapy which takes place once a week and lats 50 minutes each. Natan learns to crawl, he can move from the stomach to the back and roll. He slides off the bed to the W- sitting position. While sitting he loses his balance to the left.