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LinuxMall.com: Volunteers Wire Guatemalan Hospital With Linux, Part 2

Jun 05, 2000, 16:44 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Head)

[ Thanks to Greta Durr/LinuxMall.com for this link. ]

"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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