Headed back in 2018

I am so excited to announce that I am headed back to Rwanda for the third year. I will be there for 9 days at the end of January/February 2018. I will put up a link for fundraising soon, but I was thrilled to see that the airfare was significantly less expensive than in prior … More Headed back in 2018

Children of Rwanda

I was so drawn so the children of Rwanda. I took so many photos that I thought I would share a collection of them here. Some photos are from the hospital, as children often accompany their parent during their hospitalization. Other photos are from the gorilla trek, where children came out from their homes to … More Children of Rwanda

Day 9: Heading home

I am sitting in the Amsterdam airport (which is very nice, by the way), having completed the first leg of my 14+ hour plane ride home. I slept through most of the first 8 hours, which made the time pass quickly. Before I left yesterday, I rounded with them team to see all the postoperative … More Day 9: Heading home

Day 8: Gorillas!

I have so much to share about my day, so I apologize in advance that this post is long. Today was really one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I posted a few gorilla pictures on Instagram–> and will post more later.  We drove 3 hours north from Kigali yesterday and spent the … More Day 8: Gorillas!

Day 6: Wrapping up

It’s hard to believe that my time here is near the end. I will go to the hospital tomorrow morning and Monday morning, then fly home Monday-Tuesday next week. While it seems crazy to come so far for such a “short” amount of time, it’s jam packed with work and heartache and passion. I am … More Day 6: Wrapping up

Day 3: Facts of life

Some fast facts: I have yet to see a cigarette here. Women in labor here are alone. Their family waits outside until it’s over. The labor area is a large room divided by curtains. There are no sheets or pillows on the bed and the bed is too short to stretch out.  Nursing and medical … More Day 3: Facts of life

Day 1: Setting up 

Today was the first full day of work, which meant getting the Operating Rooms ready, sorting out what supplies go where, and beginning to see patients. I work in the clinical area since I’m not a surgeon, so I worked with the doctors to see patients who need surgery and patients who were following up … More Day 1: Setting up