Clinic Blog: 2011 South Africa 2 Clinic Blog
October 28, 2011
South African Roads, Take Me Home
May Thomas Sunglass Hut, Honolulu, Hawaii
On this beautiful and sunny, humid day in South Africa our team departs . We came together as strangers from distant lands but we depart as members of a closely knit family called OneSight. How blessed we are to have met each other, to have worked together. We shared so much laughter and tears one would think we have all known each other forever.
I can’t describe to you what this experience meant to us. You had to be there. This has been one of the easiest teams to organize just because every single one of us had that same energized commitment to serve the people of South Africa to the best of our abilities. Never mind the weather. We experienced it all. The wind came about the first days and blew a blanket of dust and sand on every surface imaginable. Then the hot sun beat down on us causing beads of sweat to run down, creating moist spots on our turquoise team shirts. The last days of clinic brought thick, gray clouds, rain and lots and lots of mud. Shuttling patients back and forth proved to be a challenge to some.
I have to admit that when I heard we were going to be on three clinic sites, I was skeptical on my abilities to help mobilize the moves. What a relief it was see it was simpler than I anticipated. With the direction of Leona and the rest of the leadership team, it was a piece of cake. Every move was effortless because we did it as a team. It was like an organized hurricane had blown through and suddenly the work was done. There was never a challenging situation we could not overcome together. Truly amazing.
To all my new family members (South Africa Onesight teammates) and our clinic partners, THANK YOU for making these two weeks such an awesome experience for me.
To the members of our Peace Corps volunteers and Rachel (who spent part of her vacation working with us)…THANK YOU.
A special thank you to Leona who had the utmost trust in this leadership team and filled our days with encouragement and love.
OK guys. It’s “See you later!” We will cross paths somewhere soon.