"In Part 1 of this article, Houston psychiatry resident
Ignacio Valdes narrated the first nine days of his trip to
Guatemala, where he and 43 other members of the volunteer group
Faith In Practice began setting up a network of Linux computers in
the Hermano Pedro Hospital for the Poor and also provided medical
services to poor Guatemalans."
"On the tenth day, both the medical mission and the computer
project threatened to capsize. "It has been two days of ups and
downs," Valdes frets. "Tuesday we went to a very remote village in
the Guatemalan jungle in which I saw my first real cases of
malnutrition. Guatemala is a place of much poverty, and the village
we visited had extreme poverty, people living in tin-roof shacks
with no plumbing or electricity. We treated approximately 300
people in six hours. Afterwards we took pictures, loaded the four
wheel drive vehicles and started back in time for a downpour that
swelled the rivers. We unloaded everyone from the trucks into a
beat-up Toyota bus."
"After restarting the Toyota, which stalled once en route back,
the bus became jammed on a narrow road with another bus and a
truck-load of bees, further heightening the day's tension."
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