Adventures in Guatemala
Well this was an interesting week.
I started off Monday not sleeping at all because I had some sort of allergic reaction. By Monday morning, I was covered in hives. And I mean covered. My hands and even the bottom of my feet were incredibly itchy. On top of being so itchy that I could hardly bare it, the benadryl that I took was doing absolutely nothing to help so we had to call the doctor in the city. He advised that I needed an injection in order to stop the reaction plus pills to help with the itching. So we set off on an adventure to find a pharmacy that would not only have the medicine but also provide me with the injection. One of the pharmacies wanted over 200 Q for just the pills! The next pharmacy charged me 60Q for both the medicine and the pills PLUS they gave me the injection … which I tried very hard to convince them to give it to me in my arm, I had no such luck. I was told to lay down on a dirty mattress because I needed to have this shot in my butt. What a way to start the morning.
The good news is that by about 3:30 I was well enough to be able to go to the dump. This week at the dump we were able to start teaching the seedlings program to the kids that are 10 and up. Since we don’t have chairs yet we asked the kids if they wanted to sit on the ground or lean against the tables. They were really excited to just lean against the tables. We’re hoping within a couple weeks we will be able to raise enough money to buy chairs for all of them.
After the lesson, we had all of the kids line up and wash their hands and faces before the snack. They were very excited to be able to have clean hands to eat their bread. Some of the parents were coming over after to wash their hands aswell. When washing their faces, their noses were so full of dust and dirt, Heidi said she didn’t even know how they were breathing! Some of the children were so dirty they had their own washcloth. Let me tell you just how beautiful those children were when they had a clean face! We are trying to talk to them to figure out what the water situation is at the dump. Hopefully we can get running water there so they are able to wash everyday.
Tuesday through Friday we started to go up into the mountains to deliver more seeds books. We also took the boots that we bought at the beginning of February to hand out to kids that needed new boots. Some of the kids really needed the new boots, theirs were all torn and looked as if they had been passed down from their older siblings.
I had one little boy come up to me and ask if I spoke English. He was very excited to say thank you and goodbye to me in English.
Friday, I had the unfortunate opportunity to witness a lynching in the mountains. While out delivering books, we came across a mob of people. At first Julie told me it was a fight, but then we noticed 2 men being dragged across the dirt road. They had a rope tied around their waists and they made them get up and started beating them before dragging them some more. It was awful to see. When I got back to the house Heidi and Mynor told me that in the mountains the people take matters into their own hands instead of waiting for the police, they’ve even been known to burn people alive. I knew coming here that there is violence, however, it was still shocking to see this right in front of me.
This weekend was pretty low key. March seems like it’s going to be a busy month!
Until next week …
Originally posted to Adventures in Guatemala