Finally, we are ready to begin operating. The age of the children varies from 3 months to 18 years and the procedures also vary from simple to complex.

It is astonishing how quickly we all came together to work so well as a team. Sometimes we needed a lot of creativity and improvisation. For instance, cupboards were made out of empty packing boxes.

Catering for the team was well done by the local Rotarians, who provided us with excellent food including Peruvian chicken and rice, nice fruits, some of which were new to many of us, heaps of sweets and endless coffee.

At 8:00 p.m. the team returned to the hotel and after a snack everyone got to his or her bed, because the alarm clock will be ringing at 5:30 a.m. the next morning.