Perbál is a little village on the other side of the Buda Hills. There is a home there for severely handicapped youth. A couple started it when they were looking for somewhere for their own handicapped daughter to stay during the week, while they worked. There are some wonderful aides there who treat these youth very lovingly.
The Humanitarian couple, the Wiggins, were referred to this home by some LDS Church members and through the Wiggins, the Church has donated some clothes dryers and other things to the home. Timi is the main translator for the Wiggins and that is how she became acquainted with it. She decided that our YSA needed to be involved in traveling to the home and maybe helping to entertain them for a few hours. The trip was planned for Saturday, November 9, 2013.
It involved a bus ride of about 40 minutes to get there and we met at Szél Kálmán Tér. This is not a city bus, so our usual tickets would not work. But Timi could figure out all the various types of tickets to buy for our group of 11 who went!
One of the buildings of the Home are behind us. There are 4 buildings; the largest houses the less severe. Most of these youth (ages 9-39) have combined cerebral palsy and autism; but there is a range of disabilities there. They live in dormitory type rooms and many are confined to wheelchairs. We only visited the largest building and many were at their own homes for the weekend.
Eszter is a elementary school teacher and had the knowledge of several children’s songs; so she spent about 20-30 minutes leading us in traditional Magyar children’s songs. Some of the youth were able to join in on some of the words and actions. Then we broke up and tried to interact with individuals… One young man loved to play throw the ball: Timi and Elder Felsted played that with him. Another young man would not look directly at you but he would take the ball in his hand and put it back into yours. We brought treats and they liked those. Lavi had fun passing those out to everyone who could eat them. We also took some outside for a walk on the property. I took some individual pictures of the youth to make pictures for their rooms; but I do not feel comfortable posting those.
A college professor was there doing some yard work with some of his college kids. Some were raking leaves and some were planting some new fruit trees. The home is able to provide for some of their own food – growing pigs and fruit.
Some of the patients are able to make woven rugs and other items to sell to help in the upkeep of their home. But after only one visit, I know there are many needs, like building upkeep, painting, yard work, etc. Another group visiting from America recently paid for new beds for everyone and also did some free dental care for patients of this home.
We have made some fleece blankets to give to the 42 patients here; but we were not able to schedule a time before many of them returned home before Christmas. So we will return on January 4th to deliver the blankets and interact some more with these choice spirits of our Heavenly Father.