Is a tiny little village up in the mountains of Guatemala, 6500 feet above sea level!!!!! The people are Native Americans and speak the Quiche language. So when we taught childbirthing, nutrition, homeopathy to the women there, Lori translated my words into Spanish, then one of the women would translate her words into Quiche for those who did not know Spanish. It was interesting to say the least, as you never want to talk faster than the person who is translating your words 😉
I had printed out pictures of the different ways a baby can be positioned in the womb, pictures of birthing, as well as pictures of stages of labor! They had never seen anything like that before!!! We talked gently about ways to space children and how much more difficult birthing can be if one is too young or too old. I had to be very careful with my wording here because most of these women were Catholic and I would never willingly insult their religious beliefs. Nutrition was covered but again that was difficult because these women are very poor! so I had to ask them what they could eat that was cheap and then give them ideas of how to keep their sugar down, during pregnancy, not to spill protein in their urine, ect.
The women wore their “sunday best” which means they were all in their native dress! They are amazing to me! Their clothing is just so beautiful!!!! I loved seeing them nurse their babies/toddlers in public! What the US has issues with does not exist in Guatemala!
Since I am having issues with photobucket!!!! I uploaded these directly into my post, they will not be in order but I will try to tell you something about them!
Here we are teaching the women, notice that they are listening while weaving straw hats! They do this for income but barely get more than enough to buy more. We are trying to brainstorm ideas of what we could teach them to make that would be more lucrative for them to make that will give them something to do with their hands but yet produce a bigger income.
Here are 5 of the 13 women we had come. One left after the morning session, another arrived. These women were so welcoming and loving! They mentioned that I look very young and I laughed and told them I have more grey hair than the one elderly lady you see here with her granddaughter, but that I cover mine up with hair dye!!! They loved the fact that I was willing to share my secrets with them! God has given me the gift of trust-building and I treasure it greatly.
Here are the 2 MaryKnoll nuns that run the MaryKnoll place where we stayed while in Lemoa. To the left is Sister Connie, to the right is Sister Helen~ she is 93 years old and so very spry and intelligent!!! I want to be like her when I grow up!
I hope you enjoyed this very brief look into an indigenous village and my teaching time in Lemoa! I hope to go back and teach more about childbirth to the women and the midwives there!!!