It has now been a month that I’m here and I’m continuing to discover more of these wonderful people and their strengths to continue to improve their lives against all odds. We returned to two villages these past two weeks: Teupasenti in the east near the border with Nicaragua and La Florida in the south/west near the border of El Salvador. Such different places, each with their physical beauty, their struggles and always their amazingly welcoming people. In Teupasenti we had many challenges: for two days the whole town was without water, then it was without electricity and all this while the biggest festival of the year is happening: La Feria (originally meaning: free day), a two week fair with almost 100 vendors, and a funfair with children’s rides and even a ferris wheel. Taking up pretty much the whole village! Our consultations were done to the beats of salsa, meringue and reggaeton. It was our third mission in this village and the people are coming back for follow-ups. Our most touching case is one of a 1
1/2 year old girl who has Leishmaniasis, a serious parasitic infection passed on by an insect bite. When we saw her in November, she was a very sick little girl. With pleasure we saw this time how much she has improved. She is still having signs of the parasite, but she is basically healthy and energetic like any girl her age. Diony Ordóñez Flores, Yolanda Salgado and Jorge Mario Menendez formed a great team. After we came back from Teupasenti, Diony Ordóñez Flores and I immediately took off the next morning to La Florida, Opatoro, La Paz. This is a small community of coffee growers high in the mountains. The nearest town is Marcala which is a two hour ride over a terrible road. The population can take an early morning bus to get to Marcala and do their shopping, after which they can take an afternoon bus back. In both places, we had meetings with community leaders to see what the next steps are in the development of the project. In Teupasenti a committee was established that will oversee the dispensary, provide support to Maritsa who is seeing patients and using the dispensary and to continue to implant the project of homeopathy as a tool of development. In La Florida, the committee is not yet established, but there is good hope that one will be soon to support the two women, Nohemy and Vilma who are working with the dispensary.
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.