Today was our fourth day of helping the beautiful people in Guatemala, going to a community that was once a plantation community (a finca) called Nueva Providencia. The impoverished people lived that way of life until Father Gregory Schafer came and changed their living conditons by providing them with houses. Our day was wonderful. It started out a little slow, which was a gift from God as the people who came into the clinic needed extra time and attention which the doctors were able to provide for them. As the day proceeded on, it became busier. We had two home visits also. The people continue to amaze us with their smiles and their gratitude..Hugs, handshakes, and words of muchas gracias made all of us feel we were in the right place at the right time!!
We went to the Women's Center which is Centro de Mujeres. This was started by Father Gregory to empower women to have autonomy outside of the home and be in the company of other women learning skills in a supportive environment. We learned how the Mayan culture made corn meal by grinding the corn with a stone roller then making tortillas. We also took turns trying to balance a bano, or basket, on our heads as the native women do, carrying up to 60 pounds while walking several blocks or miles. (No, we did not try the 60 pounds!!)
Tonight we dined as a rare treat at a local restaurant sharing conversation of the highlights of our day.
Buenas noches to our family and friends. We miss you all!!