Day 4

I am writing this on Thursday as I was too tired to write last night. My duties always slow down at this point as we have nearly finished seeing patients in the clinic. The team is now focused on operating and monitoring the patients who have had surgery. My tasks now include filing, ensuring medications … More Day 4

Day 3

It’s almost 9pm here and it’s pouring down rain. I just got back to the hotel after walking to dinner and back. I hope to get to sleep a bit earlier tonight after a long and hot day seeing patients. It has been nice to be away from the cold, but hot is still hot. … More Day 3

Day 2

It’s so very late and I must get to bed, but I wanted to write a little. Today was a good day. We were able to see many more patients and the team began operating today. We will have 5 women to visit in the post-op area tomorrow. We will give them ibuprofen (Advil) and … More Day 2

Day 1: We begin

In case you are new to my blog, this is my third year working with IOWD on a medical mission to Rwanda to treat women with a childbirth related injury called fistula. I won’t recap all the same details as in prior years, so if you feel lost, go back to day 1 in 2016 … More Day 1: We begin

Eight days to go

Hard to believe that in 8 days, I will be sitting on board a plane headed to Amsterdam, then Kigali. My daughter asked me how far away Rwanda is, and we had to look it up to find the answer (6,785 miles). The trip there is long–two 8 hour flights, but I have accumulated travel … More Eight days to go

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