As we arrived at Nuevo Progreso this Monday,we were met with excitement as two community members were working to dig a well in preparation for the construction of the new school building. The well is provide water exclusively for the school, which currently doesn’t have access to running water. In addition, we brought along friend and donor, Bill, to help with another “piojo” workshop. At the same time, Lucy met with mothers for a nutrition workshop, to give micronutrient “chispitas” to the community’s youngest members, and to weight and measure the few children we missed last month. Finally, we ended the morning making sure all 30 kids swallowed all their anti-parasite pills and giving the mother volunteers a set of aprons that they will be able to use while cooking lunch in the school kitchen.
This week, Mil Milagros teamed with partner organization Salud y Paz and Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine to serve 231 children in a series of five dental clinics for five of our partner schools and communities. Mother volunteers from all five schools helped translate as well as assist the dentists and assistants. The children created cards and gave them to the dental team, thanking them for the opportunity to see a dentist - something most of them had never been able to do before this week. Today, the assistant principal thanked the team and said that they had never dreamed of having a dental clinic in Pahaj. He told the team that to the children and community of Pahaj, they are superheroes and they will forever be considered friends of the community. Thank you, Boston University and Salud y Paz for helping to make this dream a reality.