Our group of nine MDP volunteers arrived Tuesday afternoon with a surprising amount of ease. We didn’t have the all-important “red stamp” in hand but made it through customs without incident. Enjoyed a brisk 3-hour ride to San Lucas, where we were greeted by Lauren, the short-term long-term volunteer; she had just arrived herself for the gig 3 days prior. We ate at the parish and settled in Hotel Iquitiu for a welcome rest.
April 18, 2012
San Juan Mirador
Wednesday morning broke into sunshine early, and we met for prayer and information-sharing before going to a breakfast of oatmeal, omnipresent (but lovely) frijoles (black beans), bread and freshly made strawberry preserves. We embarked on our adventure to San Juan Mirador—about 30 minutes away—and set up in a small school room, complete with mini tables and benches, which served us well.
As we set up the pharmacy, we noticed that we had left one of the pharmacy bags back at the hotel. Major OOPS! So we sent Dick and the local health promoter on a microbus to the hotel and back. Consequently, we got a slow start, but were able to see 40 appreciative and patient patients. We topped off the day with a visit to Parma, MDP’s favorite ice-cream shop…and a bit later, a Gallo before dinner.
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