The Medical team began their second day of assessments. By the end of the day they had completed assessments on all 51 children at Mama Denise’s orphanage. After finishing the assessments, each child was given the appropriate medication for their condition. Every child in the orphanage was dewormed and treated for a fungus infection which has been spreading throughout the orphanage. Mama Denise also was given an exam.
The team performed surgery on Midnight the Goat. We are hopeful the goat will now have a fighting chance. The goat had been diagnosed with an abscess above the umbilicus and was near the point of death. We will spare showing a picture as the procedure was not very pleasant.
We completed taking pictures of each child. These photos will be used in the child’s medical record and for the enlistment of additional sponsors when we return to the United States. Each mission team participant was photographed with their sponsored child. We plan to post these pictures on the Good Shepherd bulletin boards after we return.
It was a significant day for the construction team. There were several changes made to their plans. Things are fluid on the mission field. Instead of remodeling the kitchen area, the team is constructing an entirely new kitchen area in a new location on the property. After acquiring supplies on the street markets, the team started to to put up the frame. We learned the grill will be installed on Thursday and will be acquiring propane on Wednesday.
The work on the showers is nearing completion. We anticipate pouring the concrete for the flooring on Wednesday. Along with the showers we also hired a laborer to dig a new hole for the latrine. The new latrine will be a welcome addition to the orphanage.
Construction on the cover for the well is almost complete. The only thing needed is to put hinges on the cover. We also need to find a handle for lifting the cover.
There is not much to report from our VBS team, but they did some significant work. While the medical and construction teams are busy with task oriented projects, the VBS team is much more focused on relationships. You may not be able to physically see or describe what is being accomplished, but this team is building bridges with these children. While the language barrier still exists, we see that barrier being broken down through time spent. It is not uncommon for a team member to just sit and hold a child in their arms. No words need to be said. Few things communicate love more than the power of presence.
A decision made at the end of the day was to split the medical team in two. Half of the team will continue on to Mama Yol’s Orphanage. The other half of the team will remain at Mama Denise’s orphanage.
After making acute assessments on the children and addressing their most urgent medical needs, the remaining medical team will perform wellness checks on the children. These will be more thorough exams which will look to address more than just the most pressing needs. In a desire to build an ongoing relationship with Mama Denise’s orphanage we wanted to give these children the best care possible in a difficult situation.
Rain is forecast for Wednesday. The rain poses as significant challenge. Construction work will be very difficult. There is not much room in the Mama Denise’s cramped house for both the Medical and VBS teams. So we ask for prayers for dray weather.