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Today was another exciting and challenging day for all of us. The highlight for many of us was sharing lunch with a group of health promoters known as “Mother Monitors”. Their role is to provide education and home visits in their remote communities. They shared enthusiastically how much they love to serve their communities as well as the challenges they face in their roles. The main topics they address with community members include prenatal care, hygiene, prevention of respiratory infections and nutrition. One of the similar characteristics of these health promoters in Guatemala and in the U.S. is their love and commitment to improving the health of their communities. They were surprised and excited to learn about Providence’s Health Promoter Program.
The meal they prepared for our team included organic chicken soup with vegetables and homemade tortillas. They were so proud to prepare this symbolic meal and they even gave us the opportunity to learn how to make tortillas. We enjoyed the meal with them while exchanging information and learning about their community needs. Their passion for their work overcame their shyness, and after a few minutes they were able to express themselves freely.
Our biggest challenge today was the rain. Our teams had to wait patiently for the loud and wild storm to break so that we could continue our Mission. On the other hand, the great benefit of waiting with the families was the amazing opportunity to play with the children and try to communicate with the parents even when we spoke different languages. We also have beautiful pictures to share; visit our facebook page to see the photo gallery.
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