First of all; last night I experienced earthquake n#2. Still don’t like them. And here you can see
me in uniform, working as a promotor for the Ministerio de Salud.
What we do? We basically head out to the most extreme corners of the Municipio de San Agustin visiting every house, questioning every family. The picture above is from Illinaris, a little ‘village’ in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by nothing but hills and forest. In this place they set up another, smaller, Unidad de Salud, as these people would otherwise have to walk at least 4 hours to encounter any medical care.
The question are based on their situation; how many live in the house, what sicknesses they have, what type of bathroom, water supply they have; and other specific questions on living conditions. The answers to these questions let us know the risk factor involved in how/where these people live, in order to supply them with advice and best medical care.
The water supply of one family.
Headed into some difficulties.
And they continue.
San Agustin is one of the poorest regions in El Salvador.
The people are super-friendly and there is no way you have to be frightened of being attacked in these areas. Not even one family, of the many I met and got to talk to, was in any way unfriendly.
Her daughter is 16 years old and only went to 2nd grade. Here in these remote areas the only close by schools, which are still located, in this example, an hour away, only have classes up to 6th grade. This is where the majority of people here stop going to school. But there are always exceptions; like this girl or other people I met that didn’t (most of them couldn’t) go to school at all.
The papers we fill out for each house/ family.
Loving the coco’s!
So we took a few home
Day 127 – San Agustin