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New Slide Show: CCU Student Trip

May 26, 2009 by  
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Colorado Christian University Student Trip

Colorado Christian University Student Trip

A group of 14 came to visit and work for two days.

They helped in the clinic, built beds, did many lice shampoo treatments and, painted an entire school!

Here’s a little slide show with music of their trip!  (Missing a few photos at this point, but will add soon.)

To view, click on words above, or Mr. Smiley!

“Space Age” solar comes to the Village

May 26, 2009 by  
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Stan cooking rice with solar dish

Stan cooking rice with solar dish

Stan, our very mission-minded friend from Colorado, came to visit, help and work for two weeks at end of April, first week of May. The rainy season starts May 1, and it lived up to its reputation by starting to rain the night of April 30th.

Stan has been on dozens of mission trips to at least eight countries and has seen all sorts of missions and living situations. He’s an innovator and visionary and brought a solar cooker that he designed, with the idea to see if it would be something to use in the villages. The villagers were very intrigued, as they had never seen anything so ‘space age’ as a large silver solar dish! (see slide show link, below)

We then showed Stan the living conditions and how the children’s health is made worse because they have to sleep on the floor. We shared with Stan how we wanted to start some sort of “Bed Project”, and he came up with a workable design for a wooden bed. We call it a ‘sleeping platform’ because we don’t include a mattress. With the dirt, filth, chickens, dogs, and children who aren’t 100% “bathroom-oriented”, a mattress would become a dirty mess in no time.

Paco & Stan unload first bed.

Paco & Stan unload first bed.

With these wonderful wooden sleeping platforms, the children can now sleep off the ground and they stay dry and much warmer because the wood doesn’t pull out the warmth from their bodies like the damp dirt floor does.  The children LOVE the wooden beds, and we are getting dozens of heart-tugging requests from other mothers who also have children who sleep on the dirt floor. (most do)

CLICK HERE to see a slide show of Stan’s trip. (Happy kids on bed, below)

Berta's kids on new bed

Berta's kids on new bed

New Slide show of Clinic – nice!

May 21, 2009 by  
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Create: nice slide show

Create: nice slide show. Click on the logo!

Click <here> to see new slide show of Hands of Hope Medical Clinic. Nice photos, and very nice music… listen to the words!

Click: Village Life in Pictures

May 16, 2009 by  
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Carrying firewood in rural Guatemala

Carrying firewood in rural Guatemala

It seems like we notice something new and interesting each time we drive up into the mountains to the villages where we have the clinic. The colorful scenes and the smiling people don’t tell the whole story, though. There is so much sickness, poverty and domestic violence that we see each day.

It takes hours for the mother and children in each family to hunt for, cut, collect and return with firewood.

Only a few families can afford a cow

Only a few families can afford a cow

Only a few families in the villages we serve can afford a cow; it takes years of saving to get one, or maybe a loan at 30% interest from the bank.

The cow is a very important addition, but less for milk or meat. Mostly to sell the calves, or raise the calf for sale.

This family has a dirt floor house with adobe blocks for the first 3 feet of wall, then cornstalks for the walls and a leaky tin roof. They keep their very skinny cow close to the house to keep it safe, and during the day, the children will walk it and look for patches of grass along the side of the road. Land is too valuable to use for grazing.

Marcella, age 40 has 9 children

Marcella, age 40 has 9 children including this little one she carried the day I took this photo. She didn’t want to smile, because she has no front teeth. Many women lose most of their teeth by age 40, due to lack of dental care and poor nutricion.

She’s very, very  poor and has had a hard life so far. She comes to the clinic sometimes, and is nice and softspoken and we’d like to help her…. but it’s hard to know just how. There are SO many families in need, so many needs and just not enough money or time or person-power to do it all.

Beautiful scene of Guatemalan volcanos.

Beautiful scene of Guatemalan volcanos.

It seems that the poorest areas in many countries, have the greatest scenery and views. Sort of a cruel joke of sorts. The beauty of Guatemala is quite amazing, such wonderful and different types of scenery.  Sometimes we miss it, though, because it’s hard to see the beauty among the poverty sometimes.

Village Mayan girl in San Rafael, across from our clinic.

Village Mayan girl in San Rafael, across from our clinic.

I love the colors in this photo. I caught this little girl off guard as she gazed listlessly at some children playing soccer in the street. She was intrigued, but didn’t seem to want to participate.

This house is across from our clinic building. Behind that yellow metal door there are several dirt floor houses made from corn stalks. We plan to build beds for the children living there.

It’s really a harm to the health of children to sleep on dirt floors, especially in the rainy season; the floors are damp and cold. The rainy season is May 1 to November 1.

8 year old boy carrying corn leaves

8 year old boy carrying corn leaves

This 8-year old boy in our village needs to work to help his family, so he can’t go to school.

Here, he’s carrying the leaves from a corn stalk, which his mother dries and sells to others who use them to wrap little “chuchitos”, sort of like miniature tamales.