Getting to Know El Pital – Maureen Taylor by Maureen Taylor

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To think that just two weeks ago I was sitting on my couch listening to the newscaster talk about the cold and windy day we were going to have. Now the thought of cold weather is at the back of my mind and air conditioning is like a dream. I think I can get used to the weather, though, along with a lot of the everyday life in El Pital and La Cuenca Cangrejal.
The Cangrejal river valley is beautiful, including everything from the mountains to the people. I have been living with the family of Lito and Suyapa. They have three beautiful girls, Ericka, Jaime, and Miley, along with a son who I did not have a chance to get to know while living with the family. However, he recently came home from working in Copan and I did get to meet him. He seems just as amazing as the family described and I can see why they are so proud.
Don Lito is a pastor at one of the Evangelical churches in town. There are currently two Evangelical churches and one Catholic. It’s safe to say that religion is a big part of the lives of many families in this community. I had the experience of accompanying the family to Mass a couple times. It was much different than the typical Catholic masses I am used to and much longer. The pastor and other speakers are very passionate and full of emotion and the whole church is involved in singing and dancing. It was a great experience and I was really happy they invited me to come.
The second family I am currently living with is that of Lourdes and Ramon. They have one beautiful daughter together named Joselin, who is 12 years old. It has been a great experience living with two different families. It has definitely allowed me to really get a sense of different family life in the community. In the second house, due to its location, I have had the ability to meet a ton of the children living in El Pital along with other mothers. I can definitely say playing dodge ball is still one of my favorite sports.
During the week I have been spending my time getting acquainted with the nurse, Mundo, at the El Pital Health Center. He is fairly new to this health center so I think together we can make big improvements. Since he is the only worker at the clinic as well, I think he enjoys the help. To help me get an idea of the health concerns and issues in the area I have been giving consults with him and looking over different statistics of the area for the past year. Soon I will have the chance to meet the members of the health committee in El Pital, which I am really excited about as well.
Kency, a highschooler in El Pital, also joins us in the afternoon. She has become a good friend of mine and recently invited me to the Father’s Day celebration at the high school. All the high-schoolers got together and put on drama shows and dances for the fathers in the area. It was fun and I was happy to see they have such a great celebration for fathers.
I have also had the chance to meet Dr. Black, who is from Texas and currently lives in La Ceiba. He runs a health clinic in Las Mangas, the closest aldea to El Pital. He has been working is this region for eight years now, so he will definitely be a great resource for any issues or concerns Un Mundo may have. I am excited to begin planning different projects related to health and really start making things happen.
As of now though I can definitely say I am glad to be a part of Un Mundo and I think they work they have already done and the work we hope to do is an amazing thing. Can’t wait to tell you more soon. …

To think that just two weeks ago I was sitting on my couch listening to the newscaster talk about the cold and windy day we were going to have. Now the thought of cold weather is at the back of my mind and air conditioning is like a dream. I think I can get used to the weather, though, along with a lot of the everyday life in El Pital and La Cuenca Cangrejal.

The Cangrejal river valley is beautiful, including everything from the mountains to the people. I have been living with the family of Lito and Suyapa. They have three beautiful girls, Ericka, Jaime, and Miley, along with a son who I did not have a chance to get to know while living with the family. However, he recently came home from working in Copan and I did get to meet him. He seems just as amazing as the family described and I can see why they are so proud.
Don Lito is a pastor at one of the Evangelical churches in town. There are currently two Evangelical churches and one Catholic. It’s safe to say that religion is a big part of the lives of many families in this community. I had the experience of accompanying the family to Mass a couple times. It was much different than the typical Catholic masses I am used to and much longer. The pastor and other speakers are very passionate and full of emotion and the whole church is involved in singing and dancing. It was a great experience and I was really happy they invited me to come.
The second family I am currently living with is that of Lourdes and Ramon. They have one beautiful daughter together named Joselin, who is 12 years old. It has been a great experience living with two different families. It has definitely allowed me to really get a sense of different family life in the community. In the second house, due to its location, I have had the ability to meet a ton of the children living in El Pital along with other mothers. I can definitely say playing dodge ball is still one of my favorite sports.
During the week I have been spending my time getting acquainted with the nurse, Mundo, at the El Pital Health Center. He is fairly new to this health center so I think together we can make big improvements. Since he is the only worker at the clinic as well, I think he enjoys the help. To help me get an idea of the health concerns and issues in the area I have been giving consults with him and looking over different statistics of the area for the past year. Soon I will have the chance to meet the members of the health committee in El Pital, which I am really excited about as well.

Kency, a highschooler in El Pital, also joins us in the afternoon. She has become a good friend of mine and recently invited me to the Father’s Day celebration at the high school. All the high-schoolers got together and put on drama shows and dances for the fathers in the area. It was fun and I was happy to see they have such a great celebration for fathers.
I have also had the chance to meet Dr. Black, who is from Texas and currently lives in La Ceiba. He runs a health clinic in Las Mangas, the closest aldea to El Pital. He has been working is this region for eight years now, so he will definitely be a great resource for any issues or concerns Un Mundo may have. I am excited to begin planning different projects related to health and really start making things happen.
As of now though I can definitely say I am glad to be a part of Un Mundo and I think they work they have already done and the work we hope to do is an amazing thing. Can’t wait to tell you more soon. …

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