We are at Senahu today to do the incaperina distribution. We had a safe trip here and made it up the mountain yesterday. We had a portion of the trip that was like Indiana Jones but most of the most dangerous area has now been paved and so we were able to travel swiftly and safely. There are mud slides everywhere! We had to take a shortcut because the main road was blocked yesterday. The country is so beautiful. We had a huge rainstorm this morning but it cleared and these beautiful tropical bird started their songs, amazing.
Yesterday we went to a huge celebration in the community of Nueva Pañin. They had just completed a water project from a little spring in the mountains down to the 42 huts in the village. There was music and dancing and simple fireworks and palm branches and balloons. In accompaniment with this water project we gave out the hygiene kits for the LDS humanitarian. This was a huge deal to have clean water delivered to their homes. No more carrying water for miles every day. It is this kind of project that i wish the church could have been involved with. There is another group coming up next week that are going to help build kitchen gardens in this village so they can grow food. We are partnering with this great QUE che group that is very forward thinking. There are so many needs here and i love that we can be part of the solution.
It is market day today in the square so everyone is here to buy for the week. It is amazing. We rented two 4 wheeled drive vehicles in Guatemala City that had darkened windows so they couldn’t tell how many were in the car or that we were Americans. The 4 wheel drive came in handy in several spots because it is so muddy and rugged. Yvonne said sometime we need to come in the dry season to see how lovely it can be but this is part of the adventure. We were so muddy last night. No water or electricity in our little hotel. Thankfully we had water this morning…cold shower!
We will be here again tonight and then tomorrow we go to another village that has an Incaperina distribution. Yvonne said that many of the mothers die in child birth here because of the malnutrition and the lack of medical attention. She is proposing we help with a critical care maternity shelter where at risk mothers can stay close by medical personnel in Senahu. Thank you so much for all each of you have given to help these mothers and babies. I can see how great the need is here and what a difference it makes. We are saving lives!!! We still need to expand the program and have several ideas to help raise funds. We hope you will be willing to help.
Tomorrow night Yvonne said we are staying at the most beautiful place on earth. We are excited to do that. I love you all!!!!! Pray for us as we do the same for you.