A new team led by Dr. Coral Matus and Dr. Gary Collins began work today in the clinic in Santa Ana. Accompanying them are Dr. Nate, Dr. Kim, Josh, Alex, Lindsay and Rudy. They join the regular team of Peter, Ismael, Orfe, Anita and me. Here Dr. Coral works with her daughters.
Rudy brought a special stroller along for our friend Genesis, the little girl with brittle bone disease. The chair fit her little body perfectly. We added some extra padding to make it a bit more comfortable. As usual, she was all smiles!
Catalina (in blue), the midwife from El Chal, came to the clinic in Santa Ana in a large chcken bus with 25 members of her community. Ismael gave a presentation on the water filters, stoves and solar lights to them. We are hoping that the next team will be able to hold a clinic in the new Birthing Center being built in El Chal.
Dr. Kim jumps right in where she left off from the last time she was here. Her excellent use of the Spanish language serves the people here well. Dr. Kim has been coming on mission trips with SewHope since her early days of medical school. Thank you, Dr. Kim for sharing your love with the children.
In addition to his regular duties, Peter enjoys serving as a translator for the clinics. Dr. Gary has picked up a good amount of the Spanish language over the years and his research on diseases afflicting children in Guatemala has helped the doctor teams.
Dr. Nate is teaming with Dr. Coral in the area of general medicine. Though it is his first day here, he appears to be very comfortable with the patients and the established system.
Other things that happened today!
Orfe invited employees of BanRural, the local bank, to talk to the children about opening bank accounts. The gentlemen wtll return several times to work with Orfe's various groups.
Since the clinic porch was the waiting room for the clinic, we moved Orfe's group outside under the tree. Peter held English classes there and then the children worked on the computers practicing their mathematics facts and thinking skills.
The morning found Peter and me in Purushila. While I was helping with computer class with the six-year olds, Peter was working one-on-one with teeth brushing skills with the same students. Our hope is that each day each student will brush his/her teeth as the day of classes begins.
Computer classes began today for the telesecondary students in Purushila. Today 22 students became acquainted with word processing skills. The second set of students will meet on alternate days. The kindergarten teachers offered us the use of their classroom so that we did not have to move the computers so far.
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012