Sunday, February 26th 2017: Day Two!
Waking up this morning, we were all filled with excitement as we looked forward to a day of exploring downtown Antigua.
Our day started with a tour of the city. Our tour guide, Marco, informed us about the history and culture of the country, including how Guatemala gained its independence from Spain. We were able to witness the beauty of the city by visiting the Santa Catalina Arch as well as Antigua Guatemala Cathedral, a Roman Catholic church that has endured several earthquakes since 1541. Over the course of the day, we were also able to witness a baptism, a wedding, and a funeral procession.
We spent a large portion of the afternoon exploring the markets, shopping, and conversing with the locals. Experiencing the culture of Guatemala was truly beneficial as it will allow us to connect with all of our patients on a more personal level.
As enjoyable as this day was, it is essential to remember our intentions for being here. Andres, a medical student and assistant to Humanity First, reminded us the importance of greeting every single patient with warmth and a smile.
By the end of this week, we hope to provide medical care to over 2,000 people. Every single patient that walks through our doors deserves to be and will be treated with the utmost amount of respect, compassion, and love. As we go to sleep tonight, we look forward to the week ahead.
Come back tomorrow for an update on our first day of clinics!
- Danya Ziazadeh
Humanity First is registered in 43 countries across 6 continents, and has been working on human development projects and responding to disasters since 1994. These have included the earthquakes in Turkey, Pakistan, Japan and Iran, floods in Africa and Latin America, hurricanes (Katrina and Rita) , tornado's (Kansas) and wild fires (California) in the USA, Indonesia and Bangladesh, and conflicts in Eastern Europe.
Since its inception and IRS registration in 2004, Humanity First has been focused on spending most of the raised funds on direct program related expenses. As a result, more than 90% of its funds are in that expense category. This is achieved through dedicated volunteers in its management, and program operation teams.