Relationships

Katerin’s Smile

Since the moment Katerin came into the hospital, she won everyone over with her smile. She seemed so joyful, giggling every time someone stopped to remark on how cute she was. Katerin had her lip repaired in surgery today, closing the gap where the left and right sides of her face failed to join together…

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Assessment Day

The rest of the team arrived in Guatemala City late Friday night but they didn’t rest long. Everybody was up and loaded on the bus to Huehue by 5 a.m. I cannot relay how the 5-hour trek was because this blogger took a Dramamine and doesn’t remember much after that. By noon, we were at…

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Diego

Families go to great lengths to access care through the Iowa MOST mission in the western highlands of Guatemala. Diego, the 13 year old uncle, carefully carried his one year old nephew in for his procedure. The baby’s mother who speaks a Mayan dialect came too with her younger child. Because Diego understands Spanish he was…

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Committed leaders

The experience of Iowa MOST (Miles of Smiles Team) is one that CHANGES LIVES not only for those served but also for those who help! This labor of love would not exist without the leadership of Gary Pacha, chair of the Iowa MOST mission. We all owe deep gratitude to Gary for the untold hours/days/years…

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District Leaders at Work on Mission

The Iowa MOST mission is a project of Rotary District 6000. On the 2014 trip, District Governor, Jacque Andrew, and District Governor-Elect, John Ockenfels and Deb Ockenfels, participated. Jacque served as photo-journalist to document and share the team’s efforts via Facebook and the blog site. DGE John lead the organization of supplies and equipment, assisted…

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Somos un Equipo

Somos un equipo–we ARE a team! It is tradition of the mission on the last day to have a farewell gathering of the Iowa MOST team and as many of the hospital staff who can attend. This is an opportunity to express gratitude for the exemplary team effort; a monetary gift is presented along with…

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Hope for Care

Families make incredible sacrifice in the hopes of accessing care through the Iowa MOST mission.  The youngest patient served on this trip was 5 month old Francisco. His father brought him to be screened alone because the baby’s mother had become paralyzed after childbirth and could not travel. Little Francisco had no shortage of people who want to hug…

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Books

Rotary District 6000 Rotarians contributed generously to a book fund established by District Governor Jacque Andrew.  While in Guatemala, DG Jacque purchased books using money from the fund with the assistance of Salus hospital friend, Rosanna De La Roca, for a village school served by the Casa Colibri clinic.  She and Casa Colibri director, Paco…

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