Palliative Care/Hospice Juntos Contra el Dolor of Mexico Holds Kermes (Fundraiser)

August 17, 2016 at 3:18 am 2 comments

Juntos Contra el Dolor - we are helping diminish pain

Juntos Contra el Dolor – “we are helping diminish pain”

 

Juntos Contra el Dolor, A.C., the only 24-7 palliative care/hospice in Jalisco, Mexico, held a kermes to raise funds for its humanitarian medical effort which aides patients with chronic pain, and, at end of life. The Juntos team also provides psychological and spiritual support to families of patients.

The kermes was held on a Sunday from 8 a.m.to 2 p.m. outside the Templo of San Bernardo on Plan San Luis in northwestern Guadalajara, a church with 3,000 parishioners.

A Mexican kermes is an outdoor party for a special cause. To support the cause, people buy food and drink. The Juntos kermes served tacos with birria, quesadillas, homemade jamaica (a hibiscus drink) and horchata (a rice drink). Juntos brochures were on each table.

The nurses, who are the only paid staff (except for volunteer retired nurse Rocio), were taking care of patients at the hospital around the block..

The Spanish word kermes is derived from the Turkish word kermes which originally meant a handicraft bazaar to raise money for charity. It is also derived from the Dutch word kermesse, (kerk = church, mis = mass), a festival after mass.

setting tables for the kermes

setting tables for the kermes

founder Dra Susana Lua Nava with volunteer nurse Rocio

Founder Dra Susana Lua Nava with volunteer nurse Rocio

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

volunteer nurse Rocio and volunteer coordinator Nena

volunteer nurse Rocio and volunteer coordinator Nena

social workers Silvia and Lupita

volunteer social workers Silvia and Lupita

 

sister volunteers, administrator Sara on the right

sister volunteers – Marta and administrator Sara on the right

 

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Frank J.  |  August 17, 2016 at 5:59 am

    What a great cause!, I wish I could have participated….
    The food looks very tasty 🙂

    Reply
  • 2. bigpondlittlegirl  |  August 18, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Some day maybe you will come and visit, but now it’s the rainy season and not easy to navigate..Thanks for the comment!

    Reply

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