This is the first trip I am making with Faces of Hope, which is supported by Rotary. We have a full complement of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and nurses, along with respiratory, dental, and speech pathology. The patients and their families stay in Casa de Fe, a local guest house, since many travel here for treatment. The Casa de Fe team shopped today and bought 100 pounds of chicken, 50 pounds of potatoes, 200 plantains and bananas, 75 packages of beans and rice, 3 huge bags of sugar, 80 carrots the size of a forearm along with papayas, pineapples, and broccoli for the kitchen.
Tomorrow is clinic day. There are 130 patients to be evaluated for surgery. I am working with two Guatemalan pediatricians tomorrow, one of whom will stay on for the next few days.
Antigua Guatemala, founded in 1524, was largely abandoned after an earthquake in 1773. It is surrounded by three volcanos, and it is listed an UNESCO heritage site. Today there was just time for Cerro de la Cruz, the Catedral de Santiago and glimpses of school buses that may have taken me to school in a past life.