On Thursday morning, bright and early at 7 am, Pat Knight, Janis Morrell, Randy and myself headed off to El Tuito to pick up Ignacio, and two fellows from Vancouver Island- Chris and Ryan. Chris and Ryan had driven an ambulance down from the Island, and were then met at the Mexican border by Ignacio, who had the proper paperwork, to bring the vehicle into Mexico. The ambulance was loaded with wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, scrubs, uniforms etc., and this vehicle will be housed at the new medical clinic in the village of Mayto. Oh how this facility and vehicle will help the people there! A doctor will be stationed on site as well, so all bases will be covered. So, it was a long journey for Chris and Ryan, and a commitment for Ignacio, as well. Wonderful to meet these fellows, who are already planning to get more ambulances, to transport down.
Our first destination was Llano Grande, to see the progress of the new junior high classroom construction. It’s really happening, and the ribbon cutting is on track for January 26. The El Tuito Rotarians were there to host a posada- Christmas party, for the village children, who have never had a celebration of this type. It was a special day for them! They sang for us, performed a play, and broke a few piñatas. As usual, the children were in their finest, and groomed for the occasion. Language is never a barrier.
We then headed off to the village of Playitas, to see the completed renovations of the primary school. Looks like a new school, and the children can now eat their lunch under a beautiful covered patio area. The new roof on the school, will provide safe shelter, in case of a hurricane.
Enjoy these pictures of our great (and very long) day. It is always a pleasure to be with Ignacio, and how fortunate our club is to have him as a dedicated partner, for our projects. Also appreciate the continued support from Pat and Janis.
To all of you, Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo!
Carolina & Randy