Paris is a delightful 10-year-old from Yautepec, Morelos in Mexico. He has CVI and cerebral palsy. He attends CAM13, one of the public schools Perkins supports in Mexico through Project Pixan. Paris doesn’t have any siblings, and he lives surrounded by the love of his mom and his grandmother.
When the pandemic started and the schools closed, Paris started learning from home with the support of his teacher Leticia and under Perkins’ guidance. Paris’ mom, Betty, says she feels proud of the work done by the school to help her son continue with his education during the pandemic. She shows with great pride the calendar system she built for Paris at home with some materials she had available. Now Paris knows through objects what is the activity he will do next. Teacher Leticia managed to maintain communication with Paris using a small computer screen, although it remains unclear how much he could see.
Finally, after many months of not seeing each other, his teacher Leticia was able to visit Paris at home. He was all smiles after seeing her, as shown in the picture.
This image portrays what Perkins in Mexico is all about. In the center of the photo is Paris, the child. For Perkins the child is at the center of everything we do. On one side is the mother representing the family and on the other the teacher representing the school. In Mexico, Perkins is supporting both families and schools so children can learn and thrive.