Yesterday we had a short day at the medical clinic. The physicians saw several patients, we did two procedures in the OR. Our day at the clinic ended after the patients were recovered and safely sent home. After a delicious lunch that was prepared for us, we headed in a bus to a children’s home where we all participated in physical exams. The children’s ages varied—from 2 month old babies to older teens. The exam consisted of baseline height and weight, vital signs including temperature, vision screen for those over 4-5 years old and a medical screening by the physicians. It was a bit chaotic at the start but after we got going we did a fabulous job, providing the needed information for 83 children in just a few hours. Any issues that needed further addressing were noted for the follow up by the staff. Today we head back to the home to do exams on the remainder of the children—approximately 40-50. At least today set up will be much easier since we figured out a good process yesterday. It was really neat to see the children out on the playground having fun, playing with a ball, and just running around having fun.
We are going to the orphanage to finish our work today. We became an efficient team yesterday and saw 83 kids; today should be easier since they are the oldest kids there. We have 4 stations and the team really stepped up and filled in the gaps as needed. The needs changed as we moved along since the ages changed. The youngest were the biggest challenge. The older kids all speak English which helped immensely. If we get done in time, we will take a tour of the home which we did last year. The kids are supported through a church in Canada–they are all provided private school which is about the only way for the children in Tanzania to get ahead so they can go to University. We also found out that they have a transitional home for the older children when they get to be 18-19; they go and live there to make sure they can function independently. It really is an amazing place. I suspect it will be a stark contrast to the Hisani Orphanage that we are bringing the bulk of our supplies to. Their buildings are falling apart according to Paula but the the Tanzanians working there are wonderful. After the orphanage we will go to Lake Victoria and tour the park where Bismarck Rock is located–has a natural cross in it. One of these days, the Masai guards that protect the grounds 24 hours a day are going to dance for us–it was too dark last night.
Interesting this morning–we woke up and found we had no electricity–off since yesterday afternoon and still off. We had cool showers except one was warmer. Then we found out that the power was on but the switch on the box had been flipped–the things we learn!
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– Jeff H