Seventh annual surgical mission completed
Report from Dr. Will Boegel, Lake Atitlan Rotery e-Club president:
Opal House and Fidalgo Island Rotary pediatric orthopedic surgical week from March 4th till March 11th.
A team of five foot and ankle surgeons, two pediatric orthopedic surgeons, and 3 anesthesiologists performed 34 major bone surgeries on poor children and a few adults
with serious orthopedic deformities, many of them congenital. This “no charge” surgical service reaches poor families all across Guatemala who have no resources for private surgery.
The cooperative Rotary effort took place in the San Lucas Toliman parroquia hospital which recently received two excellent x-ray machines, paid for by a Global Grant.
Many thanks to all who serve the truly poor of Guatemala.
Mardi Gras information session
The Rotary e-Club of Lake Atitlan sponsored an information room at the annual Mardi Gras celebration at the Panajachel Colegio International for local community programs, including several bilingual schools, the Audubon Society, and health programs. Several members of the Lake Atitlan Rotary spoke with visitors about the value of membership in our local group.
Panakids at Rotary
In early March, the Rotary e-Club of Lake Atitlan recognized the teachers and students of Panakids, a local bilingual elementary school, which been named a “Save the Lake” school for the students’ efforts on promoting information on water conservation and phosphorus-free soaps. Teachers explained the mission of the school, and each of the children described how they are influencing their families and friends.