This month, we decided to interview one of Transitions' most long-standing members, Nazario Quino Tecún. Nazario, affectionately know as "Nacho" by most, has been with Transitions since 2000. He first came to us after losing both arms in a farm machine accident, when a doctor in Guatemala City referred him to our programs. Our Prosthetic & Orthotic Clinic quickly set Nacho up with a brand new set of prosthetics, and one year later Nacho also enrolled in our Educational Scholarships Program. Hear what Nacho's got to say about his experience with Transitions:
What was your first experience with Transitions like?
It was great to get my first set of prosthetics. Everyone there worked to teach me how to use my new equipment and to learn what I needed to know to be independent again. They even offered for me to live at the Transitions house, where they could help support me and continue my education.
How would you describe Transitions Educational Scholarship Program?
Transitions gives out educational scholarships to people with disabilities. The program is really interesting because it provides scholarships to those who need them most, and helps people with disabilities have a better future.
What is your favorite subject in school?
Computers. I like the programs, how I can do a lot of things with them. I love making games, web pages, and doing graphic design. For example, I love Photoshop and Dreamweaver. Using programs like these, I can be a Graphic Designer when I graduate.
Which subject is toughest for you?
Mathematics, because the subject is very difficult for me to understand.
What do you like most about your school?
I like how the teachers instruct, they do a good job. They’re friendly, and they understand my ability levels.
If you could do your ideal project, what would it be?
I would love to make a hotel. I had a project that required me to design a business, and I chose to create a plan for a hotel called “La Gran Muralla Maya” (The Great Mayan Wall). I really enjoyed designing the services and entertainment that would be offered at the hotel, and for the final project I had to give a presentation on the final product. It was a lot of fun! (If you want to see Nacho’s final Power Point presentation, let us know and we’ll be able to send you a copy).
Anything else you'd like to say?
Thank you for your support and for helping my friends and I have a better future.
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>> Featured article on Nacho in the Guatemalan Nuestro Diario Newspaper [Español]