Last Year We Had A New Student....And his name was Inti.

Inti and his mother

If you were a volunteer at Katitawa over the last 20 months, you will never forget Inti.  His name is the Kitchwa word for Sun and it fits him very well, because most of the time his face is lit up....Well like the Sun.  Even though he is nine years old he is still in Kinder....And his legs are not like the other kids so he can not walk and run like them, but that does not mean he is stationary.  He just takes a little longer.

Each new volunteer who works with Inti, wonders what if anything could be done to make his life a little fuller.  Unfortunately the day he was born, there were several complications and Inti now suffers the serious physical and neurological consequences. This past week a small group of volunteers decided to find out exactly what was possible.   They took him and his mother to a specialist in Ambato. The doctor advised them that there was a medical procedure they could perform that would allow Inti to walk normally in the future....But it would be expensive.

We are planning on taking him to another doctor for a second opinion before starting the procedure.  I do have a contact in Baños who just had a complicated operation in Puyo.  This is also an option.

Last year we took Inti to see a doctor in Baños and she recommended that we take him for a MRI. However we were not able to have that done because of communication problems between the Doctor in Baños and the laboratory in Ambato.

At this point we are going to proceed as follows:  1..Get a second or third opinion.  2..Get a MRI if needed.  3..Get a firm price for the procedure.  4..Schedule the operation.
Several of the volunteers here at the moment have started a "Fund For Inti".  They have already raised more than $500 for the procedure. We have added a Donate Button below if you are interested in being part of this endeavor.



  1. Hi Robert, Please send me an email once you get a firm quote -

    1. Thank you for your note and interest in Inti. I will advise you sometime next week. Robert

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  2. I am really glad to know there are options for Inti.
    I just shared two classes with him, but I will never forget his eternally smiling face, his grateful attitude and his selfless love.

    I wish the best for this boy and I will try to help him as far as I can.

    Best regards, Robert and all Katitawa team!!


  3. Hi Nieves.....We took Inti for another opinion and it was more or less like the first. The cost will be between $2500 and $3000. We have now collected just over $600. Thank you for your kind words and whatever you can do will be appreciated by everyone.



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