The Charity: Support for Burns and Wounds in Chiapas Mexico
Healthcare is not accessible everywhere in the world. My personal experiences of medical volunteering in Chiapas, Mexico since 2008 have opened my eyes, heart and pocket book to the needs of others less fortunate than us in the US.
For these reasons I am donating all profits of PalmFree™SunWear products to healthcare related charities, mainly Yok Chij Asociacion Civil in San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas.
Twice annually I travel to Chiapas to work with long-time humanitarian Sergio Castro (nick-named Yok Chij by the local Mayan people of that region which means ‘deer foot – always on the move’). Don Sergio, as he is affectionately called, is an agronomist, veterinarian, and teacher by training, and a humanitarian and ethnologist by nature. For more than 50 years Don Sergio has helped Mayan villages build schools and water treatment systems; all at no cost to them. They collectively work together building community necessities once funding and planning is secured from donations given to don Sergio for the projects. But this is only part of what he does.
Don Sergio also provides wound and burn care to the marginalized Mexican and Mayan people in the area. This includes cleaning and dressing diabetic wound ulcers, venous ulcers and burns, ranging from mild to severe and life and/or limb threatening no matter the age; the very young to the very old. There are no wound or burn centers in Chiapas, or most of Mexico, as there are here in the US.
As a US trained physician assistant specializing in dermatology, I’ve expanded my medical skills working along side don Sergio providing wound and burn care in this resource limited environment. Year after year I’m still awestruck that someone can give of their time to help others six days a week 52 weeks a year.
Click here for the blog I update when working with don Sergio: sergiocastrosc.blogspot.mx.
Other posted media: The Daily Good – Portrait of a Healer by Benjamin Mariotte
InSight Press – Sergio Castro Medicine Man of Chiapas by Justin McManus
The Circle of Life is my own story of meeting don Sergio and tells his story of how he came to be a humanitarian.
Our on-going Generosity fundraising campaign for Sergio.
My partner, Bruce, and I met don Sergio November 2008 and have been staunch supporters ever since. We our proud that PalmFree™SunWear profits and everything sold by our business will go toward helping support don Sergio, his rustic burn and wound clinic, and those less fortunate that he serves.