Today the Guatemala Team met the family they will building a home for. The family is very excited and can’t wait for it to be finished. Material has been delivered and work will start on Monday.
This will be the fifth consecutive year the Chemainus Rotary Club has sent a work team to San Antonio Palopo in Guatemala. It will be the 4th trip for Tom Andrews and the first for Susan Martin, Derek Hardacker and David McCormick. The team leaves Wednesday Jan 31 for the 2 week venture.
It’s been a busy weekend wrapping up all of our projects.
Kathleen helped out with the nutritional program on Saturday. Dozens of children and mothers show up every week to obtain their nutritional supplements and get measured for height and weight. This way their progress can be tracked. The results have proven the program is a success and will be continued with support from our club.
Kathleen is helping local residents who require help with securing and following directions with their medications.
I got this post and pictures from Jacqueline and Davids blog called atitlanaction.wordpress.com Great post, Thank you Jacqueline and David.
THE CHEMAINUS TEAM
Kathleen – A Perfect Fit
Kathleen is new Rotarian who is making a very important and useful contribution in the health field. Fluent in Spanish, having lived and worked for several years in Peru, and with a nursing background, she is a perfect fit to work with the local nurse. Together they will make home visits to people with chronic illnesses. Already she has been a real help in counseling those with diabetes. She will be working closely with the local clinic, and will make a list of essential medicines; the clinic presently has no medicines or vitamins, and only very occasionally, a doctor visits.
Ken’s the Man!
When the professional takes over from the amateur, boy does the pace of carpentry go up! Ken has brought his skill, expertise and ideas to our project. Already, after only three days, much has been done:
- In the days before Rotarian Ken Stanton arrived, Nanaimo Rotarians Graham and Ron produced many beds, including our newest design: the bunk! Ken has continued the work, with the cordless tools he brought down; today he figures he will cut all the wood for another fifteen beds. ¡Trabaja muy rapido! (He works really fast), and all the angles are right!
- Jorge (mentioned in our blog last year) is the young man who presented us with a fresh, ready-to-cook ardillo, did so, and served it up to those of us brave enough to try it. Although it was a squirrel, it tasted like chicken, and was …. delicious. His 94-year old grandmother lives in a mud-cane one-room home, with a door and an open window space. Now she has snug-fitting shutters, and no more cold drafts to endure. Jorge’s “home” is a smaller cane hut next door to hers, that had a curtain for a door. Now he has one of the best doors ever. It solid wood, on hinges, and a has a lock!
- Petrona’s door, made by Ken two years ago out of very green wood, somehow acquired its own unique shape that no longer fit the space. That door has been given a new lease on life.
Thank you Ken!
Tom’s Home Repair 101
Tom Andrews is again working with Julian Sicajan, with assistance from Viciente, to re-construct homes. First up will be the home of Francisca, a young widow. It had been a small mud-cane hut, with a porous tin roof, no windows, and a very uneven dirt floor. Thanks to the wonders of cement, the floor will soon be flat and clean. The replacement walls will be wood, with a window (shutters by Ken), and a door (also by Ken). This replacement 10 foot square casita will once more be home to Francisca, her son Fredi, and to her aging mother. Once they finish this home, Tom and the team will move on to number two, and if time and money permit, to a third home.
This week at the Rotary Club in Chemainus two members became Paul Harris Fellows ( Dean and Kathie ) and two earned multi Paul Harris pins ( Anita and Doug) Paul Harris award pins are presented to those who donate a$1000 the Rotary Foundation. This is significant because contributions to the Rotary Foundation allow us to apply for grants for projects like our current project in Guatemala. The Rotary Foundation is the charity of choice for many Rotarians because of the good work they do and the low administration costs. Chemainus Rotary has one of the highest percentage of Paul Harris Fellows anywhere. Also shown below is a picture of members “sending good energy” to our team now in Guatemala. Kathleen asked for us to send “good vibes” and we were happy to do so.
We finally arrived after a few glitches safe and sound in San Antonio Palopo on Monday evening. After a good night’s sleep, we set off to check out our project sites this morning.
Packed and ready to go, Tom, Ken and Kathleen head off on January 29 for important work in Guatemala. Thanks to a generous donation to our Guatemala project by the late Pat Kay and donations by our members and friends of Rotary, the team will contribute to a major water supply project in San Antonio Palopo as well as continue the nutritional supplement program and aid to the schools and other projects you will learn about in this blog. Ken and Tom will be working with local contractors once again to build and repair homes. Kathleen will bring her extensive nursing and midwifery skills to the community. You may also want to follow atitlanaction.wordpress.com to see what other Vancouver Island Clubs are doing in the same area. Tell your friends to follow our blog.