The stories of George And Vonda Sisneros as they work in the village of El Rosario, Guatemala
“In essence, that’s the size of their entire world”
Venancia is not doing well. She seemed to be getting better and then she took a hard turn for the worse. After visiting the doctor for the 3rd time in a month, we decided to get a 2nd opinion. The new doctor looked at her file and exams and ordered a CT scan.
The CT scan showed that there was a mass blocking her intestines. That’s why she has been vomiting and losing weight. Venancia was immediately admitted to a private hospital and put on IV fluids. Overnight, she began to improve. The doctor said that she will most likely need surgery and it could cost $25,000. Yes, that’s US dollars.
Clearly, this is not a financial option. The doctor wrote a letter of recommendation to be admitted to the National Hospital in Antigua where she could get the operation for free. But, there IS a price to pay. Venancia was admitted to the National Hospital and has been there for a week and she is currently not on IV fluids.
Venancia is scheduled for surgery Today. As you read this, she is probably out of surgery. I’m still very, very concerned for her. I’ll breathe easier when she is recovering.
The principal of the school visited her this week. Venancia has worked as the cook and janitor of the school for years. The very first thing she asked was if she could have her job back when she got better.
“Venancia, You will always have a job.” He smiled and just shook his head.I’ve been in Guatemala for two years and the people here still amaze me. They are hard working and humble.
Most kids from El Rosario have never been more than 5 miles outside of their little community. In essence, that’s the size of their entire world. This month we drove 15 boys 50 miles, to climb Volcan Pakaya as a reward for their hard work. It’s hard to describe how beautiful it was. Not just the volcano. It was the boys and their wide eyes. I just stepped back and watched them soak it in. They stopped every 10 minutes to marinade in the view of their beautiful country.Yesterday, for a few hours, the world got a whole lot bigger for 7 kids from a small village in Guatemala.