Sunday, October 31, 2010

Back in Danja!

We arrived here in Danja Saturday morning. The trip here was pretty uneventful. Spokane to Seattle. Seattle to Paris. Paris to Niemey. Then early Saturday morning on a small six seater Piper plane, Niemey to Maradi. It was exciting to run into Jolene, Ginger and Jacqui in Paris. I hadn’t met Jacqui before but Jolene and Ginger and I worked together in Togo on the Africa Mercy. It’s great to be here with some good friends.

Harmitan is here so there is a constant haze. This is when the winds blow in the dust from the Sahara. Because of this we didn’t have great visibility flying here from Niemey. I’m hoping for a dust storm but I’m told it won’t happen this time of year. Bummer. From the pictures I’ve seen they look incredible!

The women are here! They were sitting under the tree when we arrived! Many of the women from the previous trip are here for check ups and many more are here to be seen. The rest of the team arrives tomorrow and screening will happen tomorrow afternoon to see who are surgical candidates. Surgeries will then begin on Tuesday. The four of us have been working to set up the operating room and ward. It’s been great reconnecting with the group here who help us. They translate for us, cook for us, laugh with us and at us, help us out more than we could ask for, and care a lot for these women as well. It’s a good team to be a part of.

More to come soon!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

And I'm off...

Yes, I haven't written on here in awhile. I got home from Togo and Danja mid August and here I am, again getting ready to go back to Niger in just a few days! I'm headed back to Danja for another two week trip with the Worldwide Fistula Fund. I can't wait! Not only will we be doing another ten surgeries, we will also be doing check up exams on the women who had surgeries last time! This means I will hopefully be able to see the women again who I met on the last trip! I'm really excited as well to see how the new hospital there is coming along.

My time here at home has been great. I spent time with my brother and his family first for a bit then came over to Idaho. I've been working and living here at camp for the last month and it has been great spending time with my sister and her family. When I'm gone I really miss my niece and nephews a lot so I really cherish the time I get to spend with them.

When I get back from Niger I will have about a month back stateside. Starting in January I will be moving to Sierra Leone for a year, working as the ward supervisor for the VVF clinic there that was started by Mercy Ships. I'm super excited for this experience and to see what this year brings. I'm also REALLY excited to be living on land! That in itself will be a whole new experience!

I'll be posting more on here now that I'm off on another adventure soon!