Goats, goats everywhere! They use every resource to the max here… nothing is wasted or thrown out until it’s used up. Interestingly, they don’t take advantage of the goats for milk or cheese.
Today’s barrio work was in an area called Los Chivos (The Goats), where we saw 110 people before we had to pack up and leave before the rain washed out the mountain road. Ironically, the community itself has no water. In the past, they tried to set up a system of pipes and pumps, to get water up the mountain, but the pumps weren’t strong enough. Now, water must be carried up a long, steep road by hand.
Today, we set up our pharmacy in the front and back rooms of someone’s home. They basically cleared everything out to give us the space to work all day. In the backyard was a huge mama pig and 4 half grown piglets, which were located just to the side of our access to the outhouse.
We gave out lots of shoes today, filled orders for mostly fungal medications, taught the Heimlich Maneuver and oral hygiene skills and spread a lot of love all around. At lunchtime, we took a walk to get some fresh air and to check out the view, which was pretty spectacular!
A bunch of us took a quick 1 mile walk to visit the cathedral in San Juan, where you can climb several stories up to get a fantastic view. Then we were shuttled (in pick up trucks in the rain) from the guesthouse to Benvenida’s Restaurant for a buffet dinner and to a local ice cream parlor for a nice after dinner treat. Tomorrow, we head out to a barrio called Sabana Grande.