Community Aid

Agencies that help various aid programs

In all the ways you can…

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Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.

beach trashOne of the few complaints we hear in San Felipe is about the litter of that is strewn on all the major roads and beaches. People throw things along the roadside or leave their trash at their campsite without a second thought. Trash is often dumped at any vacant lot rather than deal with the expense or trouble of taking it to the official dumpsite. I often hear phrases like “Why doesn’t someone do something about it?” What I see though is that there are people who are continuously trying to do “something about it.” My neighbor, like many of the women in San Felipe meticulously rakes up debris not just from her own yard but from the other side of the street and often a house or two down from hers. Business owners struggle daily to keep their doorsteps clear.

clean at marinaOne such business owner, Martin Romo took this a step farther and started cleaning up the beach across from his business, school grounds, major roadways and then other beaches. He is such an inspiration that he has even gained support from the local government for his clean up projects and was instrumental in getting trash cans installed along the Malecon.  Martin also sponsored a movement to get other businesses to adopt a portion of the highway or median to not only clean it up but to refurbish it or put in planters and artwork. Cleaning up isn’t only contribution to the community. Martin also helps with raising funds for medical emergencies when there is a need, opening his restaurant up for band battles and the like.  You can meet Martin at his place, Rosita’s Restaurant on the Malecon or you may find him out on the beach at dawn leading a group of like minded citizens, students, expats  (or just on his own), sifting the trash and dead fish from the sand, working to make San Felipe a safer and more enjoyable environment.  Much of what Martin does is not funded by the local government.  Help is always needed and donations of contractor size trash bags, tools, work gloves or the like are always welcome.

clean maleconThe next time you stroll the Malecon and notice this difference, send Martin a note and tell him thank you, or better yet, lend a helping hand.

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Heart Attacks and Clogged Arteries

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Bob Hope
If you haven’t got any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble.

A few years back I went through a time in my life when I suffered from anxiety attacks.  They usually came late at night when I was trying to go to sleep.  They were more severe when I was alone but also occurred when my husband was sleeping soundly right there next to me.  Each time I was convinced I experiencing a heart attack and was going to die.  On several occasions I would wake my husband and even make him take me to the emergency room.  There I would be subjected to a battery of tests and put on various monitors, all which indicated I was not having a heart attack, in fact, had no indicators that I was in danger of having one. After about three of these ER visits and further confirmation from my regular doctor, I finally came to accept these episodes for what they were.  Hypochondria induced anxiety.  I have a strong heart, low blood pressure, low cholesterol and clear arterial flow.  Once that was acknowledged, I learned to find other ways to cope with these feelings and ward them off from the start.

My sister on the other hand has had high blood pressure for years and about two years ago was informed that her main arteries were about 70% clogged.  She was given the classic “wake up” call when her doctor told her if she didn’t change her life-style she would not live to see her grandchild grow up.  She fortunately took heed and made a 180° turn around.  She adopted a vegetarian life style and began exercising regularly.  Within a year she had dropped about 50 pounds and her blood tests came back within the recommended ranges.

redcrossHeart problems whether they be real or imaginary are never a laughing matter.  If your heart stops, the game is over.  So when we look at the local Red Cross (Cruz Roja Mexicana, San Felipe B.C.)  and write a check or toss a few coins in the boot it  is likely more our sense of self-preservation kicking in rather than concern for our fellowman.  We all want to know that there will be an ambulance available to get us to medical help if a crisis occurs.  In San Felipe, we are well aware that the nearest modern hospital and OR is several hours away and even a flight for life is likely to take several hours to be sanctioned and become available.

As far as I can tell, whether or not ambulances are running is a hit or miss situation.  When they have adequate funding, they pay the staff and stock the vehicles but funding is always in short supply and there have been weeks when they have had to close their doors for several days at a time. I know historically the doctors and management at the El Dorado clinic have been striving to work out an agreement with Cruz Roja but last I heard this has not been accomplished.  This is certainly one cause in need of a crusader.

 

 

 

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