What we don't have the luxury of is learning the personal stories behind the women and children we assist. Getting a glimpse into their lives is both fascinating and inspiring. The women of Central America are resilient, and as you can see from Manuela's story, resourceful.
Our patients are sometimes referred to us from associates in Guatemala. Bernice is one of those long-term COTA friends and team volunteers. In a recent email to me, Bernice offers a glimpse of life on the other side of the clinic line; the home life of a woman who we were able to help medically and surgically in 2016. (Below, as written by COTA volunteer, Bernice Kita)
|Manuela with Jacinta, 2013|
|Jacinta, Age 5|