Good Morning! July 27, 2013
I am leaving in a few days for MONTANA. I am excited to be with my family, rest, but also to promote our Parish Clinic and Mission. I will sell Guatemala Weavings and also beaded jewelry made here. There are many more Poor and Sick and their financial resources just do not exist to pay for Medical Care. The Failure of the Coffee Harvest has brought HUNGER to our Mission Area.
The night Clinic guards begins to give out 25 numbers to see our Doctor at 6am. Many mornings within a half hour, there are no numbers. Two Auxiliary Nurses also triage patients, examine routine symptoms and treat, and attend the Emergency Room, do treatments, injections and IV infusions.
We now have a Sustainable Agricultural Team to look for solutions to HUNGER. Part of the problem is many years ago field workers began not to plant corn and beans in their small plots but the cash crop of coffee. When the coffee crop failed because of a fungus they were left with unemployment, no money, more illness. There is less land available.
August 16, 2013
It is now a few weeks since I began this article. In just a few days I will be on my way back HOME to Guatemala. It has been a joyous journey, though exhausting. Our clinic is in need of donations and interest in MISSIONS is waning. This reality is for many reasons. Organizations in Europe are also experiencing a decrease in donations. The greatest need in our area is an answer to HUNGER and failure of crops. This reality has also caused more illness and greater call for free HEALTH CARE.
Selling beautiful Guatemalan weavings is profitable. Beaded jewelry also brings in extra cash. I hope to send some beaded ornaments and a few other jewelry items for Christmas sales in our parishes, to continue this endeavor.
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