Last week Rudy took me around to see five families who were participating in the Stove Project. This was a great way to get to know more about the families as well. In this way I met Carmen and learned that she was studying to be a nurse and has already completed one level in the nursing program.
We set it up so that Carmen would come to the clinic in Santa Ana and assist Dr. Anne Ruch. Today was Carmen's first day. She was AWESOME! Carmen didn't even know that there was such a thing as a pelvic exam or an ultrasound machine, but she assisted with these exams all day. In addition, Carmen is learning how to use the new computer program that the doctors of SewHope are just beginning to use to collect patient data. Carmen was going home tonight with lots of stories, and she is eager to assist again tomorrow.
When I drove Carmen home, I learned a bit about her. She is 21 years old. She and her family have lived in Purushila for 13 years. Before that they lived in Poptun which is about 90 minutes southeast of Santa Ana. She attended her early school classes in Poptun and then joined classes in the primary school in Purushila. Her parents sent her to Santa Ana to complete her three years of basico (this is highly unusual) since there was no basico school in Purushila at the time. The basico school in Purushila is only 4 years old. Carmen said that she likes living in Purushila because they had neither light nor water in their home in the village of Poptun. Carmen is not aware of any other person preparing to be a nurse in Purushila.
What an opportunity for this lovely young lady and for her community!!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012