El Paredón is a rural community at the pacific coast of Guatemala. Our Nonprofit, Manos Abiertas (asociacionmanosabiertas.org), is expanding to this extremely underserved area with the next hospital an hour and a half away and a public health post that is open mondays from 10 to 12. This is not a strategic decision but came about because we saw the urgency of the need. With my own money I bought a piece of land and built our two room clinic. That was what my savings managed to do. El Paredón has about 1000 inhabitants, most of them illiterate and living either of commercial fishing or working in a nearby coconut plantation. There are other villages with a total of about 2000 people close by with no health care facilities, and who needs our help will travel by ferry across the canal to get to El Paredón.
This clinic needs to get going, not only providing complete women's health and midwifery care as Manos Abiertas in Ciudad Vieja does, but emergency care, pediatric day clinics and dental day clinics as well as general health care. We need to train a local nurse to run the clinic additionally to the volunteer nurses and midwives we will send temporarily. The clinic needs to be furnished and equipped and we need a good supply of basic medications and (especially!) contraceptive methods. We need to get the word out that we are there, by meeting with the local traditional midwives and comittees and by hanging posters in public places in the area. Please help us make life easier for this underserved population and help us educate more women about their options thereby improving the lives of their families!