Our last clinic day, on Saturday, was spent in Somalia. This is a slum right in San Salvador. The story behind this area is a sad one. The people there are squatters. The land is government owned and they just set up their homes there a few years ago. A man, who told them he owned the land, talked them into giving him their savings to buy the plot of land their house stood on. It turned out to be a hoax. He left with all their money. The government has allowed them to stay on the land because they have absolutely nowhere else to go. They have begun to settle a bit more on the land, building more permanent homes of tin and wood, instead of just cardboard and platic. On FTC's last trip to El Salvador, in April of 2009, they went into this community. This is the first time we've visited a place twice. They were so grateful that they presented us with a plaque.
I wasn't able to get good photos of the community, but this one gives you an idea of what it looks like.
Our clinic was set up under tents we rented, with tables and chairs we brought along with us. The pharmacy was put in a family's front yard.