A Famous Queztaltecan (January 2011)

The below article was in the local paper yesterday making Meg famous (or else making someone with a similar, though not identical last name, famous). She's out signing autographs now. The rough translation, for those non-Spanish speakers, is below followed by the original article (which is also available at http://www.elquetzalteco.com.gt/13.01.2011/?q=locales/quetzaltecos_trabajan_para_hacer_obra_social).

Quetzaltecos [what people from Quetzaltenango are called] Work for the Social Good

They are successful empresarios that put individual economic gain secondary and do social work with their earnings.

This week, more than 100 people received free medical care and medicines. In other work, 150 children will be able to begin their studies, thanks to grants, and outside of Xela there is a daycare for mothers who work [this should actually be for the children of mothers who work but they left that out so it implies that the mothers are actually going to daycare, which would be a little odd]. On the environmental front, this year thousands of trees were grown and will be planted and dozens of rural women have better stoves that consume less wood.

These deeds are the fruit of the work of a collective of Quetzaltecos, who through the Pop Wuj Spanish School invest funds to finance these social projects, according to organization member Roney Alvarado. Seventy percent of the financing for these projects comes from the school's own funds and the rest is donations, added Alvarado. There are medical students and residents that come from the United States to study Spanish with the understanding that they will do volunteer work, in addition they receive a cultural competency class to ensure better care of the patients.

Meg Sulivan, the head doctor, said that they attend to patients on Tuesday and five times per year they do health campaigns [this isn't actually factually correct, but it is possible that this mystery "Sulivan" told the reporter the wrong thing...]. Matt Parsons, a volunteer, said that they stay for four weeks and at least one training.

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