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.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Crossing the US — Mexico Border
June 12, 2012 Back to San Cristóbal!
The truck loaded with the most valuable items: medical supplies!
Once again, I am on my way to work with one of the most
admirable people on the planet: Sergio Castro of San Cristóbal de las
Casas, Chiapas. Our goals, as they were with our trips before: to bring medical supplies and to work with him over the
next three weeks.
Thank you everyone who has sent me burn and wound care
supplies. A few donors I’ve met via cyberspace, some in person and others I’ve
known for a few years. We all have the
same idea: get good unused medical supplies to those in need.
>>Bruce and I will be apart for 3 weeks!
World Care has supported this trip (and last four) with collecting
wound care supplies and putting them aside for me. They support much larger
medical supply relief missions and although mine is a ‘small fry’, they still
consider it important. Thank you to
Carol P., who has been resourceful in eying certain unused items and getting
them to me from a long distance. Dr. Bolhack and staff — thank you for helping
support this medical mission as you have before. And thank you Mom for unfailingly adding to my supplies and sending me with numerous blessings.
Over the last year I have meet several Tucsonians who are very
generous supporting Sergio. My Spanish teacher and her husband (Carol and Jim — see Oct 24, 2011, post) have
become great friends and have come with me so they can explore beautiful San
Cristóbal. Thank you John W, Pat M and Jan and Barb
for ALL your support as well. Sergio will receive your kind gifts and messages once
Many friends and relatives have questions about crossing the
border in Nogales and for this trip
it has never been easier! The Tufesa bus
left Tucson on time and before we knew
it we were in Nogales, Sonora,
Mexico. Customs seemed no more than a very small bus
station. Interestingly, no one asked for our IDs, passports, nor asked
questions about where we’re from and where we’re going and if this was a
business trip or pleasure, etc. We all got the green light with our luggage so no
inspection. It was so smooth we forgot
to get our tourist permits and no one tried to sell us one. Does this mean we’re
here illegally? We can buy our tourist
permits at the airport… ah… mañana.
Tomorrow, we cab it to the airport at 5:30 am fly to DF (Mex
city) then arrive in Tuxtla Gutierrez at 4:00 pm.
We should be in San Cristóbal by 6:00 pm
The view didn't change much all the way to Hermosillo.