Written by Sarah
This is my first mission trip and I have always had a passion for Africa. When I saw the opportunity to go to Tanzania, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t really sure what to expect, or what my role would be as a nurse, but I have adapted to the environment.
I am amazed at how simply the people live here. Being without running water, flushing toilets, or electricity is a daily occurrence that they have come accustomed to, but in the US, these are luxuries that we take for granted.
As far as my role as a nurse goes, I knew I would be doing some surgeries, but I had no idea the volume we would be seeing, especially the amount of children. In the US, I am a medicine/oncology nurse, so suddenly having to be a surgical nurse was a leap for me, but I have adapted to whatever is needed of me.
What saddens me is that we couldn’t do more and that we had to turn some families away. The children are so patient and well behaved. The families will come back each day and wait all day to see if today will be their day. Although we have been working 10-12 hour days, we can only do so many cases. But the families have been so grateful for
what we have done for them.
I think as a team, we have worked together so well. We have a routine down, and things are flowing so well. We can anticipate what each other needs. Each of us has been important to the work we are doing.
I think the thing that we all find most humorous is that in Swahili, candy is called “Pipi” which is so fitting with all the circumcisions we have been performing! And the children here are simply beautiful!
I hope this is the first of many mission trips for me. I miss all of you in the US, but this has been a great experience for me! Thank you all for your help and support. I will be home soon!