This blog was created by friends of Sergio Castro in 2008. Sergio is a humanitarian in San Cristóbal de las Casas, Chiapas, who has helped build schools, clean water systems and educates tourists on the local Maya population via his museum. He also provides wound and burn care to the locals - gratis. His museo contains a rare collection of traditional Maya costumes and clothing given as gifts over the last 45 years for his humanitarian work.
Sunday, February 9, 2014
The Experience of Sharing and Caring
February 9, 2014
Carolina, Dr. Mateo and Don Sergio share photos of their
medical cases. The night before Don Sergio brought out a couple of volumes of photo
albums: Mateo uses his smart phone. Interestingly, the wounds are just as
severe in the US, but we have specialized wound care centers.
Over the past years various
medical professionals have shown a desire to work with Don Sergio after hearing
my experience. We all agree on one
thing: Don Sergio needs help. Many ask,
‘ Why doesn’t he train someone locally to help’. The answer: Don Sergio does not charge
patients any fee, he feels the stress of paying interferes with healing. Also,
when a local does want to work with him, they don’t last long as they need an
income to live.
Carolina debriding on a chronic diabetic ulcer.
During this visit, Ricci
(here last week), Dr. Mateo and I were pleasantly surprised to meet Carolina.
She is a nurse that works at a nursing home during the day and met Don Sergio
when he came to care for one of her patients.
Over the last month she volunteers with him every Friday night and if she has time she comes more often.
Dr. Mateo and Carolina working together.
At the age of 20 she shows a
high level of competence, confidence, and curiosity. She truly enjoys working with Don Sergio for
the sake of learning and helping. Most
20 year-olds would be ‘creeped out’ by the severe wounds, ulcers and burns…not
Carolina..she's hungry to learn to wound care and seems to have an innate sensibility.
Juan "Juanito" Pablo and his father figure.
Eight-year-old Juanito, Don Sergio’s quasi-adopted
street son, meets us daily at the museo after school. His mother Chun,
wheelchair bound since birth due to spina bifida, comes to the museo to say
hello. Juanito runs in, hugs Don Sergio,
me, and Mateo by hanging on our necks, and then runs off. Don Sergio helps Chun
and Juanito survive by giving them 50 pesos a day. I’m not
sure if she receives
government assistance, but it is clear they would not survive with out Don
My two weeks are up and it
will take 12 hours to get back to Tucson: a taxi, a shuttle, two planes,
another shuttle, then a 15 minute drive home.
Dr. Mateo stays on for another 4 days and will have a similar schlep
Carolina, Pati y Mateo – nuevos amigos.
From the bottom of my heart,
I thank all my friends from around the world that care enough to want to share the experience of their own skills, time, money and working with Don Sergio and the people of Chiapas, Mexico.
Don Sergio has a nice following of French
visitors. This was the first visit for these ladies and his work, his
Maya textile collection and easy demeanor enchanted them. A local French woman advocates her countrymen
to send medicines and supplies.