02 January 2017 | San Evaristo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
The pueblo (village) of San Evaristo is isolated. By road it is more than 4 hours form La Paz over rough and dangerous roads. It is the home to about 100 people and with only one small tienda (shop) we believed it was a good place to conduct a clinic on behalf of the Lions Club. With the help of Lupe and Magnolia who owned a small restaurant on the south western corner of the bay we did our best to "get the message out" via VHF (marine) radio. This is how mos people communicate along this coast as there is no phone service (mobile or otherwize) and therefore no other means of communication. With the help of our willing assistants, Adventurer and Full Monty, we tested (and provided corrective lenses for) 57 people.
We understand and believe in the value of what we are doing on the behalf of the Lions Club. One of the things we love is being able to include other ordinary people, such as ourselves, in helping others less fortunate than ourselves, in what we do.
Lupe and Magnolia told us that there were many villages to the north where people were in need of glasses and so we gave our word to return and to conduct clinics at the villages.