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Acts of Kindness in the Heart of Chiapas – A Visit with Don Sergio

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A few years back, in my small town of Ketchum, Idaho, I watched a documentary about an amazing man who provided medical care to the poor in the highlands of Chiapas, Mexico. I remember feeling moved by his efforts and I haven’t forgotten his incredible story. During my visit in Chiapas, I was fortunate enough to meet this man, Don Sergio. He was so kind, he invited me to return the following week in order to gift me a copy of the documentary I had enjoyed.

Don Sergio shows how this stick is used for planting

Don Sergio shows how this stick is used for planting

Don Sergio started visiting the highlands of Chiapas as an agricultural engineer and veterinarian who began treating the cuts and burns he witnessed. Now he has a medical clinic in San Cristobal de las Casas and continues to provide treatment at no cost. Many of his patients are Mayans from the surrounding villages. He runs the clinic on donations. With the additional money he has gathered, he has built over 30 schools and 25 water filtration systems for the Mayan villages. Don Sergio has received many gifts from his patients. He has a beautiful collection of traditional Mayan clothing, that he displays in a museum next to his clinic. He gives tours of his collection while educating others about the Mayan culture. His tour is wonderful, I learned of the seven different Mayan languages. He explained the clothing in his unique collection and told of the traditions of the surrounding villages.

Clothing from Tenejapa used in ceremonies

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Wedding clothing, adorned with chicken feathers

Wedding clothing, adorned with chicken feathers

Indigenous clothing of children

Indigenous clothing of children

Gifts Don Sergio has received from patients

Gifts Don Sergio has received from patients

Photos of patients and articles written about Don Sergio

Photos of patients and articles written about Don Sergio

For more information on Don Sergio’s work, here is his website:   www.yokchij.org

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