a barrier no more
We know it as a ‘club foot’. If a child in Canada or another developed nation is born with a club foot, it is corrected at birth. If you’re Nolfa and you were born in a remote village with no roads (at the time), your village speaks Q’eqchi’ (pronounced Ka Chee) rather than the national language — you’re not going to have it corrected at birth.
Rather, you grow up with this condition along with the stigma that comes along with it. I wrote about Nolfa here after we first met in 2015. As a brief recap, her family kept her out of school for some time. It wasn’t until after her family saw how she was received and welcomed at a Saturday program when they decided to let her go to school.
Now Nolfa is learning Spanish. When we were there last week she agreed to participate in a promotional video. She wrote in Spanish, not Q’eqchi’, about what she’s learning in school.
Meeting Nolfa and watching her grow and learn is an encouraging example of a community of belonging. Perhaps one day her condition will be corrected. But as of today, this is no longer a barrier to belonging.