March 17th, 2014
What an amazing Monday!
We started out with breakfast at our hotel in Guatemala City, then drove about 3 hours to Panajachel. We ate an authentic, delicious lunch & drove about 20 minutes to the community of Patanatic to start in on the volunteer work.
Jorge gave us a tour of the community center & medical facility in Patanatic. Much has been constructed over the past few years, and they have big plans for the future, involving more private consultation rooms, medical training programs, housing for volunteers, and scholarships for native Patanatics aspiring to enter the medical field.
The team split up into 4 groups, with each group visiting about 8 homes to check the cookstoves and water filtration systems. They looked at cleanliness and functionality to determine future repairs and improvements while getting a true feel for how the local population lives. The community was very welcoming and our team enjoyed the eye-opening start to volunteering!
Here are some photos from our day:
The group arriving at Lake Atitlán
Touring the community center & medical facility
Part of the pharmacy
Water filter example
One of the exam rooms
The dentistry room
Some of the donations the group brought--thanks to all who donated!
An example of an in-use filter
In-use cook stove
A local community leader, who showed us around & translated from Mayan to Spanish
Christy & some new friends
Learning how to make tortillas back in Panajachel
Fabric donations for water filter covers from Sam & TJ
finishing the day in Panajachel