Guatemala: A Final Word

I just thought I should update the blog one last time and let you all know the final totals from our week of Medical/Dental Clinics in Guatemala.  Over five, 1 day clinics, the Medical team saw and treated 4,198 patients, while the Dental team total was an astonishing 710.  That’s

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Guatemala, Day 8: Final Clinic at La Paz

We spent our final clinic day in a Guatemala City slum called La Paz – it’s home to 1,500 families who need but can’t afford primary medical care.  Walking through La Paz, like every other Central American slum we’ve seen, is a jarring and heart-wrenching experience.  No matter how

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Guatemala, Day 7: “Sedation Central” in Parramos

Today, we mounted the fourth of our five clinics in the town of Parramos about an hour outside Guatemala City.  Once again we were welcomed with open arms by the community and within 20 minutes, we were set up in the village school, ready to go.  Today, Dental, Pharmacy, Distribution

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Guatemala, Day 6: Picture This!

Tonight, a departure – a photos-only blog post.  May this bring a little more visibility to the incredible people on this team.  Tomorrow, we’re setting up shop in Parramos for another busy clinic day.  The week is winding down but we still aim to see 2,000 more patients

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Guatemala, Day 5: Santa Rosa & Los Chilitos

Well, a simple blog post will hardly do justice to the day we just had. Frankly, I don’t even know where to begin! Today, we got out of Guatemala City and trekked across country to the town of Santa Rosa. The local Speroway ground team had spread

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Guatemala, Day 4: El Limon

 
Today we landed in El Limon, another Guatemala City slum – and, like yesterday, it was on a steep hill.  It was populated by squatters in 1976 after an earthquake.  Today, it’s home to over 50,000 people, trying their best to survive.  Once again, our bus couldn’t make

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Guatemala, Day 3: Valle de Nazareth

Today was our first clinic, not far from downtown Guatemala City in a “squatters” village known as Valle de Nazareth.  It’s a rambling collection of crude dwellings clinging to the side of a massive hill – so massive that our bus couldn’t get down the rough dirt roads to the

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Guatemala, Day 2: Getting Ready!

Today was the dreaded “Work-your-fingers-to-the-bone-preparing-for-our-first-clinic-or-we’ll-never-be-ready” day!  And work we did!  What a way for a new team to pull together – tackle monumental jobs that can only be completed if everyone jumps in and, well, just does it!
What do I mean by “monumental”?  Imagine counting 54,000 vitamin pills into

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Guatemala, Day 1: Landed!

 
Terminal 3 was deserted when we arrived at dawn.  A substantial overnight snowfall delayed some but eventually everyone was present and accounted for – all 40 of us!
There were the familiar faces of old friends and a raft of new recruits, no doubt wondering what they’d gotten themselves

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10 & 10 Nyota Home Art Auction

Several years ago Speroway’s president Ken Dick had the good fortune to meet Lynda Kuhn, a women who emanates her passion to help children in Kenya everywhere she goes. Speroway was fortunate to join with her and together with our partner in Kenya founded the Nyota Home. Lynda is

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MEDICAL/DENTAL MISSION TO GUATEMALA – FEBRUARY 18 – 26, 2012

On February 18 at team of 40 Canadian volunteers will travel from Toronto to Guatemala to spend 8 days providing primary care medical and dental services to about 5,000 children and adults.  This carries on the activities commenced six years ago when the first medical mission visited Honduras. This is

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