Five plus Six equals Eleven
Today Carmen and I took more persons from Purushila to the Vincent Pescatore Eye Clinic (VPEC) in San Benito. All came to the jornada held by employees of VPEC at the primary school last week, and it was determined then that more testing was needed.
In order to proceed to VPEC, the adults needed Q350 or about $50. Some did not accompany us today because they did not have the money. The opportunity is still available to them and we will follow up. Carmen and I will accompany the three women on a return trip to the clinic next week.
Carmen (left) helps Iormi and her mother at the registration desk. Iromy is a fourth grader at the primary school in Purushila. She tested with 20/20 vision but has some other difficulty with her eyes. Iromy, as the only younger student among 4 sixth graders, won the Independence Day Queen contest this year.
Mario suffers from diabetes. This has affected his eyesight. He has almost no sight in one eye. Before further treatment can begin, perhaps in Guatemala City, he needs to get his illness under control. SewHope is able to help him with this. I had a chance to chat a bit with Mario (whom I thought was Luis) as we waited at the clinic.
"La mamá de Luis" is one of the first faces I was able to recognize. Luís is an excellent 9th grade student. Today I learned that her name is Maria. As we waited, Maria gave a witness talk of her physical and spiritual healing. Miracles happen in Guatemala!! A few days ago I showed a house with water running through it. This was Maria's home.
Carmen helped Tecla who speaks a traditional language. There are various service stations and rooms in the clinic, so it is good that Carmen accompanies the group. When I joined Tecla at a window where she was waiting, she told me that she was a bit afraid. I was glad that she said something, and I put my arm around her.
Erika is really from Santa Ana and is a member of Orfe's teen group. Erika is 16, but VPEC gave her the same free services usually given to those age 15 and below. She accompanied us to Purushila to help with Anita and discovered that she also needed glasses. Here Carmen helps her to pick out a pair. Erika graduated from 3rd year basico this year, a milestone!
Tomasa is second in line listening to Carmen give directions. Tomasa was the 1st one waiting for us this morning! One of the advantages of working with a small group like this is that it gives me a chance to learn names, build relationships and also see the homes. I am beginning to be able to make some associations among families and neighbors.
Three weeks ago, Orfe and Carmen and I accompanied five children to VPEC
where all five were prescribed glasses. Two have already received them and
hopefully are putting them to good use!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012