Today we had an awesome morning! Two men, Cesar and Luis, from the Eye Clinic Vincent Pescatore in San Benito, came to Purushila to test the eyes of anyone who could come.
God intervened somewhat in our plans as He sent torrential rains for most of the morning! For this reason we had only 24 visitors, but many of these persons knew that they were in need of help, and so they ventured out into the rain to come to the primary school where the clinic was held.
Carlos and his family own the tienda (store) near the school. He rigged up a speaker system and went with me as we drove through the village to announce the clinic. Unfortunately, the boy holding the speaker was sitting in the truck bed and he was soaked to the skin!
The charge for the adults was Q2 or about a quarter. Additional help, such as special eye drops or glasses, came with an additional but reduced cost. About five of the patients will meet me again on Monday and we will all travel to the clinic in San Benito because additional testing is necessary. This, too, will be an additional cost. The children received free care.
Cesar and Luis brought two pairs of prescription glasses for the children who had visited the clinic previously. Only two of the pairs were ready. So, Luis Miguel and Jose Luis have better vision today than they did yesterday. Both of these boys need additional appointments and eventually surgeries will take place at the beginning of the new year if all goes as planned.
I drove some of the elderly back to their homes. One elderly couple lived FAR from the primary school. Their determination to take advantage of this opportunity was noted! I delivered a woman back to her home to find that the water from the rain was washing right through her house.
Cesar and Luis will return with the new school year to test all of the children in Purushila and any adults who wish to be tested. In addition, Orfe invited them to come to our clinic in Santa Ana on November 17 and 18 when our doctors will be present. It will be an additional service opportunity for the people. I believe that in the future, these men will also visit our other locations in the Peten. I feel that we are establishing a wonderful partnership.
Thank you, God, for the many blessings of today!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012