Basic Health Care
According to Mexico’s constitution, all citizens are entitled to health care benefits from the government and, as of now, have access to basic healthcare services. At least on paper.
The healthcare system is divided. There is one for government workers (IMSS), one for workers of the private sector (ISSSTE) and one for those who aren’t covered by the former two (Seguro Popular). Each has a budget, hospitals and separate clinics. However, challenges to this system is substantial, especially for the poor who may have to pay out-of-pocket for drugs, procedures and surgeries that either clinics, hospitals or their health plan don’t provide. If the cost is an amount a patient can’t afford, the patient doesn’t get treated. Private hospitals, doctors and health insurance exist but the cost is prohibitive to those with few resources. So, you can imagine my delight when I received an email from Dr. Jose Luis Ortega, a paediatrician in La Paz, who, for many years, has been treating children from Vista Hermosa in his office for free. However, more often than not, parents in that community missed their appointments. Whatever the reason, Dr. Ortega said if the children couldn’t come to him, he’d go to the children. Once a month. Every month. A small Christian church, right in the heart of an area filled with kids, opened their doors for this very compassionate doctor. While he was consulting with babies to teens, a volunteer from our charity was handing out oranges, bananas and apples he bought for this occasion. Even a small step can provide a big impact in delivering medical care and the gift of love to those with few resources! More photos here.
Sleep and Smile
Riding in her bright yellow wheelchair, Norma is difficult to miss. With the help of her brother and the community, she is able to live independently. She asked our charity if we could help her with a new pair of shoes because the ones she had were held together with gum. We found her a pair of slip-on rubber soled tennis shoes, which fit her like a glove and brought a beautiful smile to her face.
We spend about a third of every day in bed. What you siesta on can impact your sleep. Many of us have the luxury of spending it blissfully slumbering on a comfortable bed. What if your mattress was old and saggy or even wet? Or three of your kids were sleeping with you because there was only one mattress? Or you slept on a dirt floor? Unimaginable, isn’t it? In many of the poorer communities, this is not uncommon. Our charity recently delivered a number of mattresses to happy children who could finally get a good night’s sleep. Sleep and smile…such simple things! More photos here.
Love Comes In Different Sizes
We love it when we receive donations of school supplies and other goodies because it gives us an excuse to take to the streets to meet the most adorable kids and their families where they live. Two thumbs up to clients of Tailhunter International Sportfishing for their generous donations of school supplies, shoes, toys, personal hygiene items, new and used clothing and empty wooden cigar boxes, beautifully decorated, that were snapped up rather quickly. More photos here.
Moms and Babes
Gris is a very valued volunteer who has been with our charity since its inception in 2005. Twice a week, she teaches young moms (and grandmothers) with newborns to 4 years the necessary skills to help their children develop cognitively, socially, physically and emotionally. Gris, with her love for children and her warm personality, is the perfect person to help these mothers and their adorable children. Thanks to a donation from clients of Tailhunter International Sportsfishing, we were able to supply her program with crayons and drawing material. Check out adorable kids here.
Fourth Annual Christmas Food Drive
Hunger is a real problem in the outlying communities of La Paz. Many families in the community Vista Hermosa reside in homes built of tin, pieces of wood, and cardboard. Some have dirt floors. They live without electricity, piped-in water or basic sewage.
Last year we raised enough money to buy 230 food hampers that consisted of dry goods and personal hygiene items. This year we’re aiming for 300 families. Each hamper costs $25.00 or 450 pesos.
Will you help us reach our goal?
Donations can be made through the website, Care for Kids La Paz , in either Canadian or US dollars, on our Facebook page or in La Paz at Allende Books (125-9114)
Allende Books: Independencia 518 between Prieto and Serdan Open 10-6
Thank you for wanting to make Christmas special for those who have so little.