Qué: Reunión de becados y clínica móvil
Dónde: Chirijquiac, Cantel, 100% K’iche’ Maya
Fecha: Miércoles 8 de octubre
Scholarship Meeting and mobile clinic in Chirijquiac, Cantel , a 100% K’iche’ Maya community, on Wednesday October, 8, 2014.
The mobile clinic included two Pop Wuj MedicalSpanish students, one a first family medicine resident from Chicago and a 4th year medical student from Arkansas. Pop Wuj’s staff doctors, Carmen Rosa and Barbara as well as staff nurse, Luby also traveled with Pop Wuj to the rural area. Pop Wuj’s coordinator, Amy, also participated as a medical translator.
|The waiting room|
The clinic saw 24 patients—mostly adult women with some children and teenagers, some seniors, and some scholarship family members.
While patients were being seen, Carmencita,
the Pop Wuj Social Work Program and Social Programs director, and Amy conducted
the scholarship meeting. We discussed
the end of the school year which is fast approaching, and the extra effort that
is often required for our scholarship students to pass all of their classes. Sadly, it's common in Guatemala and in our
target communities for students to fail courses throughout the year, but this
is no reason to quit and give up. Most
students are able to make up work or go to “recovery classes” (similar to
summer school in the U.S.).
Pop Wuj has maintained a scholarship
program in this community for over 20 years.
Our work requires the collaboration of the scholarship students, their
families, Pop Wuj staff and volunteers, as well as the padrinos and madrinas
(scholarship sponsors) who support the project and their individual students
year after year. Currently we have thirteen
scholarship students in this community, ranging from preschool to last year of high school.
|Dr. Barbara in a pediatric consult|
Pop Wuj’s social work team will return to Chirijquiac in mid November to collect and review final report cards. All of the students are expected to be finished with classes by then and will be able to attend the meeting with their parents.