Nursing Heart Friends,
The University of Minnesota nurse practitioner students did tremendous work here in Guatemala through this past week. They saw almost 500 patients and even more importantly provided a care that the members of these communities rarely receive. They served the community of Simajhuleu on Monday and Tuesday, and were in El Hato, high above the city of Antigua, Thursday and Friday.
Weeks like this really help these communities to find hope. One of the leaders of the community in Simajhuleu remarked to the group in the closing ceremony, “Because you go through all you did to be here to provide the clinic, you inspire us to keep working for better health in our community.” Hugo, the leader, himself is a nurse. He actually studied nursing here in Guatemala with our clinical director, César Santos. His words were inspiring to us.
This week has really brought into focus the phrase that we share with all the groups who join us. “Si has venido aquí para ayudarme, estás perdiendo el tiempo. Pero si has venido porque tu liberación está ligada a la mía, entonces trabajemos juntos.” “If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.” Lilla Watson (and aboriginal activists, Queensland, AUS, 1970s).
Today we make a quick turnaround to welcome our friends from Northern Arizona University. They will return to their work that started some five years ago in Santa María de Jesús. We are looking forward to a great week. We pay our doctors and translators fairly and the costs are many. Your help is greatly appreciated. Donate now. We are grateful to you for your support. I’ll share more about these two weeks next week.
Founding Executive Director