During our December 2017 work trip to Montero, Bolivia, we were accompanied by high school juniors Jordan Craig and Lucia Ledesma. Their job was to capture still photos and video of our patients, families and RVF staff. They are pictured with RVF patient Yoselín and her cousin.
WINTER 2017 BOLIVIA WORK TRIP
In December 2017 Drs. Jonathan Melk and Darlene Melk made a special trip to Montero to meet with RVF families and staff, and to gather content for the new website. They were accompanied by five volunteers: Dr. Krekamey Craig, a pediatrician and RVF super-supporter from Montclair, NJ; Amy Sirot and Laura Sweet, both longtime RVF board members; and high school juniors Jordan Craig and Lucia Ledesma. Dr. Craig, who runs Denville Pediatrics in NJ, is a longtime supporter of the RVF who wanted to go to Montero herself to see how the fund operates in Bolivia. She brought along her daughter Jordan, an aspiring physician herself who is already dreaming of a career in public health. Jordan is also an avid photographer and spent much of her time in Montero chronicling the life of RVF patients and their families. Jordan was joined by her friend Lucia Ledesma, daughter of board member Laura Sweet. Lucia is an aspiring filmmaker, and she gathered hours of footage for the RVF video archive. Jordan and Lucia communicated with local residents in Spanish; both girls have been studying Spanish for years. They called the experience one of the most meaningful of their lives. You can download Lucia’s essay to read her thoughts about the experience.