Update by Brianne
I got the chance to chat with my parent’s last night! They have safely arrived in Mwanza! They had to again go through security at the airport – and this time wasn’t quite as smooth as the last. The security officer looked and saw just how much luggage the team had and asked Sally what was in the bags. She replied ‘medical supplies’. He responded with ‘if it’s medical, I need to see it.’ He then began choosing a few bags at random to manually go through – only to pick bags with more clothing and less supplies in them. They showed him the manifest of medications they had, and after choosing a few more bags with clothing… he gave up and let them through. They were a little nervous about this process due to the fact that sometimes the security guards were known to just take things – and these were important medicines and supplies needed for Nyakato. Praise the Lord – the team, along with each and every bag safely landed in Mwanza! Their flight went well – they mentioned they could still see the plane that had crashed the day before – it was still on the runway!
The team arrived at the Nyakato Health Center around 4 in the afternoon and were given a tour of the facilities. There were 3 additional buildings that had been built since the last time my parents were there (2009).
From what I could gather, the team is staying in a few different places – my family is at a nearby facility – similar to a college dorm. It is housing for students at a local trade school – similar to our Technical Colleges – where students learn carpentry, etc. It sounded like they don’t have running water, and the electricity has been somewhat spotty – but was all to be expected. I called during breakfast – they were given a cup of coffee, a dinner roll, and a 1/4 slice of watermelon – Sally mentioned that she’s hopeful the team gets some snacks as that won’t sustain them for long!
After breakfast, they began walking to the Nyakato Health Center to begin their first day working. Sally mentioned that they had 100 surgeries scheduled for the duration of their time there! She said they’ll have to go through and prioritize because she’s not sure they’ll be able to get through all 100.
Unfortunately, the internet card Jeff purchased is not working correctly. We’re working to get this resolved, but in the meantime, updates may be limited. All is well in Tanzania!