We have arrived! Having now made this trip 3 times prior, I now know what to expect: the plane ride is long (I hope no one sits next to me so I can stretch out–this is rare), Rwandan customs and immigration is a mess but I get through it eventually, and the night we arrive … More Arrival
Today I am sharing the story of one of IOWD’s former patients, Alexia. To jumpstart my fundraising effort this year, I am raffling off one of the shopping bags that Alexia makes. For each $25 you donate, you will get one entry into a drawing for the bag. I will announce the winner the day … More How fistula surgery changes lives
I am happy to announce that I am heading back to Rwanda on January 25, 2019. I have purchased my plane ticket and am beginning to gather my thoughts. This is my fourth year going, and sitting down to write this has helped me to remember the many reasons I keep going back. I realize … More Heading back in 2019
While I was in Rwanda in February 2018, there was a team there filming video and taking photos of our work. This is a short segment of what I hope will be a longer video. It features the founder of IOWD, Barbara Margolies, as well as several of the physicians I work with, including Star … More Video from IOWD
I am happy to announce that the Rwandan Ministry of Health, with the aid and encouragement of IOWD, is in the process of building a 3rd operating room at Kibagabaga Hospital in Kigali. This is the primary hospital where the team operates while in Rwanda. Having a third operating room will allow surgeons to perform … More August 2018: Updates!
I made it home safely and am finally back to waking and sleeping in the Eastern time zone. I always forget how hard it is to accommodate to the time change when flying east to west–I am ready for bed by 3PM! I have sorted through and edited most of my photos, and wanted to … More Home again