It's Time to Get to Work
Today was our first full day at Project Mercy. We woke up a little earlier so that we could eat breakfast and still have time to catch the bus to the hospital. While eating breakfast we got to watch the school kids lining up to do their flag ceremony and sing their national anthem, which they do each morning. Even though we were all ready to get to work, the bus driver didn’t show up for work today so half of us started the long uphill walk to the hospital while the other half rode in the ambulance with all of the supplies that we brought. Once everyone found their supplies Tom got right to work doing dental exams on the many kids who have been scheduled to see him this week. Scott shadowed a doctor in the outpatient unit and was able to see their process in serving the local people. Brian, Dan, and Jamie started their work building a ceiling for the pharmacy storage room. They had a lot of people watching while they built makeshift ladders and scaffolding in order to get the frame made. The ladies walked halfway back down the road and went to the local Kindergarten where the kids swarmed us. They all wanted to shake or hold our hands and melted all of our hearts. While we were there we worked in their resource rooms to make sure that the books that they have are useful to the teachers. Unfortunately, we found that a lot of the donated books just don’t work for them. Pigs are “not a thing here” so finding books that are educational, not too Americanized, and are relatable to this community was a tough task.
Lunch was delivered to the hospital where we all got a much needed break and then back to work we went. As we finished our jobs for the day we all trickled back to Project Mercy where many took a nap and rested out of the sun. The water still isn’t flowing through the showers so it looks like our option is a “bucket shower” which most of us are happy to do after a dusty day of work.
Sun, May 12, 2019