My mom used to say "Where does the day go?" No truer words were ever spoken! I always have the greatest of intentions in letting you all know how things are going when I'm here but the days surely "get away from me..."
Really there are no words to describe how things are flourishing here. Since we finished the new building, ALL of our projects are doing so well. So many patients here.... all really happy to be treated in a beautiful setting with a good system. Thanks to our friends, Dr. Jim Skon and Doug Karl, we have a fantastic wifi system and so we are able to have an excellent electronic medical record. So now it's really easy to track our patients and follow up when they need treatment. As always, Orfe has done an incredible job connecting us with other organizations and arranging everything for a really successful "jornada" this week.
The municipality paid for a bus today to bring 40 patients from one of the remote villages. It is because of Orfe that these connections are being made. Of course, there were already 50 patients here before the bus arrived so I was a bit nervous! But somehow it all worked.
And the agriculture programs are spectacular! The children have been involved in growing tomatoes, cilantro, peppers, watermelons. They even have their own eggs with chickens ready to hatch.
We now have a psychologist here once a week to help the children and moms deal with the incredible stress in their lives.
We also now have a music teacher!
We've been truly blessed to have Meridith Heckler join us this week. She is a 3rd year student at Kenyon College. She is working with the children with more enthusiasm than I have ever witnessed! Every time I go in the room, she is kneeling by another student helping them with their math and reading. I LOVE hearing her stories when we return to the hotel each night. I'm considering dropping out of medicine and becoming a teacher.....
As always, every day there are heartbreaking stories but for today, I chose to look at the happiness in the faces of the children and the hope we are giving them for a better future! A huge thank you to all our supporters and especially to our workers here who make these things happen every day - THANK YOU ISMAEL (OUR FEARLESS LEADER! , ORFE, MAYRA, SEINER, and ALFREDO!!