By Katie Adams - Volunteer Communications and Donor Coordinator
Setting up the pharmacy
One of the most exciting things about the work we've been able to do with Colegio Verbo in Veracruz is their desire to reach more deeply into the community to care not only for the children who come to the school but also for their families and for families who can't afford for their children to attend the school. The average Nicaraguan family in Veracruz earns on average $2/day. For most families their meager earnings means having to make difficult choices - like choosing between food or clothing, electricity or medicine. The Verbo staff invited a joint medical team from Crossroads Community Church (in Maryland), Cedar Run Community Church and Crossroads Restoration (both in Virginia) to hold a one-day clinic for the teachers and students at Colegio Verbo, the children living at Verbo's Casa Bernabe orphanage, and some of the poorest families in Veracruz. Colegio Verbo Directora Nolvia Morales was thrilled to be able to use the school as a site to serve so many families.
All total the medical team cared for 183 patients in one day! In addition to free clinical care the patients:
attended a workshop on handwashing (which, if not done properly, causes a large percentage of the parasitic infection cases we see at clinics),
had their teeth cleaned by a fabulous dental hygenist and learned about proper dental hygiene
received free prescription and over-the-counter medication
were able to select from a large supply of donated clothing for their families
We are so grateful for all of the Verbo's staff's leadership and assistance and to the 20+ North American volunteers who made the clinic day possible!
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