Their way

Having two arms, ten fingers, two legs and ten toes is something that you don’t think about every day. For those of you who don’t know me personally, this is my third photojournalism trip. Last year I was fortunate enough to go to Kyrgyzstan and India. While those experiences were amazing and life changing in their own way, this one has by far made me the most thankful. It has brought me back to the basics and given me more perspective on the things we take for granted.

I met Daiane Flores and her 1-year-old daughter, Ana Clara, about a week ago at AACD (Assistance Association for Disabled Children,) the organization I have been working with. Since then they have opened up their lives to me. I was invited to spend Christmas with their family and ended up staying for three days. They are some of the most welcoming and loving people I have ever met, which originates from the culture here. Everyone hugs everyone and kisses on the cheek and they treat you like family. It’s just their way.

Daiane leaves her home to take Ana Clara to the doctor.

 

Raising Ana Clara is a full time job for Daiane. She relies primarily on the aid she gets from the government to support themselves. They live with Ana Clara’s grandmother, Cleide, who plays a huge part in taking care of her. Ana Clara’s father, Ricardo Pereira Lima, has been out of the picture for the majority of her life. Recently, he has decided to become more involved and accompanied Daiane and Ana Clara to physical therapy for the first time on Friday.

Anne Hupfeld works with Ana Clara on sitting up during physical therapy while her parents watch.

Daiane makes a swimming gesture while Ricardo moves Ana Clara up and down in the air.

Daiane injects cold medicine into Ana Clara’s mouth before aqua therapy.

Daiane kisses Ana Clara on the cheek before entering the pool for aqua therapy.

Ricardo and Ana Clara play during aqua therapy.

Ricardo leaves AACD while Daiane takes back the stroller.

Ricardo leaves AACD while Daiane takes back the stroller.

After a day of occupational, physical and aqua therapy, Daiane and Ana Clara leave AACD.

Tomorrow I am headed back to their house to spend New Year’s with them. Stay tuned.

Thanks for looking.

-Kaylee

 

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About Kaylee Everly
Kaylee Everly is a junior from Fremont, Neb., majoring in journalism. She has been part of four photojournalism projects through the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. She’s traveled to Kyrgyzstan, India, Brazil and now Ethiopia. She placed fifth in the Hearst multimedia team reporting competition for her work on coal mining in Kyrgyzstan. She has interned with the Fremont Tribune and will intern at the Telegraph Herald in Dubuque, Iowa, this summer. In the fall, she will be part of the Omaha World-Herald’s fellowship program.

One Response to Their way

  1. I love the first picture and the picture of the dad and baby in the pool. What amazing experiences you all are having. Thanks for sharing.

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