This past week we were in Cane, a new community for HTSF and a first mission. I wrote down some of my thoughts there, but didn’t have internet to post them. Here they are with photo’s of the dispensary, the training session and the people involved. The amazing result is that we are working here with a doctor who will be doing homeopathy two days a week. April 18: We have arrived in the pretty town of Cane, La Paz. This is our first mission here and we are discovering all aspects of our work here, such as where the dispensary will be placed and who will be in charge of the dispensary when we are not here, before we came we also had no idea where we would be staying and eating. But all of it got worked out. The town is very pretty and clean, with nice paved roads. It is mostly an urban setting, although in Honduras that still means that everyone has chickens and the houses are small and single story high. The only two-story building is the hotel where we are staying. There is some agricultural area that belongs to Cane, but it extends to only 3 aldeas (villages) whereas some other municipalities we are working in have many more: Teupasenti has 40 aldeas and Omoa has 120! The feel of the town is very friendly and safe. Kids play on the street into the evening, people are walking and biking, men and women, young and old. We were welcomed by big thunderstorms and tropical rain storms and have had to cope with no electricity. A challenge for the westerners, but here it is part of the norm. As one woman said “when a transformer goes out in the rain, it can take weeks before it is back on line. We will hope for the best.” Luckily the water supply has not been cut off, although it is very limited. It was a challenge to meet with the patients given the rain coming down hard on the metal roof. I could barely hear them. And it was definitely a challenge to do the training without overhead slides, but Diony and Jorge Mario pulled it off famously. The mayor is very involved with the people, he has all kinds of projects we have never seen in any other community, such as a centre for “adulto mayor” (seniors) where they get free food, but also free medical consults and medication for blood pressure and diabetes: the country’s biggest health problem. They also have three morning where they are guided through exercises in the park. In the consultations it was clear that this population of elderly is healthier and has a better outlook on life than in many of the other communities. And now the mayor has added homeopathy as a safer and cheaper option for the population and many of the people who came want to come off their medication. The whole week I have been training the centre’s doctor, a young woman with a quick mind and much interest in homeopathy. She will be seeing patients for homeopathy two days a week. What an amazing development!
April 21: The dispensary has had lots of interest from the inhabitants, esp the 150 women and men registered with the “Centro para el adulto mayor.” This is where the dispensary is installed. Well today the homeopath (me) was sick. In three months I managed to prevent all manner of infections with the homeopathic remedies I have been taking. But here, the exceptionally unhygienic kitchen and terribly greasy food did me in. Even my Honduran colleagues are refusing to eat there now. Although the food from this kitchen made me sick, I had to admire the cook and her rapid fire tortilla making which she sells through the window. Sometimes all people can afford to eat are tortillas with some salt. I was fine to continue to work and see patients despite my diet of water. A very lovely retired nurse who is helping out in the dispensary took pity on us all and cooked a plain vegetable soup for me and is cooking dinner for Yolanda and Dionisia as well. As I said, the mayor is very involved with the people here, and one of the projects is a weekly painting class for youth. The murals they create are amazing, as can be seen in one of the photos. I love murals and have pictures of many murals from the various places where we have been, but this particular one stands out in style and talent. Although it is in the mountains, Cane is mostly built on a plateau, which makes it flat and good for bicycles, a common means of transportation among youth. There is a nice lookout (built with a statue of Jesus) where one can get a larger view of the beautiful environment. This country continues to take my breath away by its beauty, although the environment, like the population, is also horribly exploited and not protected. It is so incredible to think that so much misery can exist in such a beautiful place.
Our next missions are planned for:
September 16 – October 4 (2017)
October 18 – November 4 (2017)
February 27 – March 18 (2018)
For these missions, we’re inviting Ontario and Quebec homeopaths to join us for training that applies to HTSF projects as well as clinical experience. For more information about how to join us on our next mission, contact us for more information.
Carla Marcelis, ND, DHom
Carla brings dedication, passion and expertise as mission leader to the MICH Honduras Clinic and to her role as Director and teacher at the Montreal Institute of Classical Homeopathy. Visit her webpage to learn more about her and to read all of her blog posts.