Clinic Blog: 2011 Ghana Clinic Blog
June 18, 2011
The Biggest Clinic Day Yet!
We finished up our 1st week of clinic Friday. We finally found a shorter route that gets us to the clinic a half an hour earlier. People were still lined up and waiting when we got there. It was pouring on friday morning which proved to be challenge as much of the clinic is held outside. Our Ghanaian volunteers worked side by side with us to help move tables into tents, sweep water away, dry equipment and drop water from the top of the tents. This would be a great time to mention how wonderful our volunteers are. They are waiting for us every morning with smiles on their faces, ready to work. They are willing to learn, take on responsibility, translate and teach to us about their culture! The cooking students continue to make us beautiful and delicious lunches.
The story for today is about an experience team member Ellie Reitmeyer had yesterday at dispensing. She was about to dispense a pair of glasses to a gentleman when she noticed her handwriting on the bag. It was a pair she had recycled at her store! The glasses were a perfect fit! In conversation with him, Ellie found out that he had the same profession as her husband.Later, she saw a man with the same company logo on his shirt. When she asked if they knew eachother, he said it was his boss and that he had come back from the clinic talking about how good it was. Coincidence???
CSC quote of the day: "The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life and that in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt."
On Friday night, we headed out to our "Soiree" with our wonderful host, Franklin with "Community Uplift". He took us to a beautiful seaside restaurant where we were treated to good food, music and dancing! We were welcomed warmly by Maj(Dr.)Mustapha Ahmed(Rtd)MP. A good time was had by all!
To continue our enrichment, Franklin took us to Cape Coast on Saturday to Elmina, a fortress that held captured slaves until they were sent on the boats to the "New World" It was quite a learning experience. From there we had lunch on the terrace of another lovely restaurant then headed back for our 3 hour ride back. This had been the first day out of Accra and it was interesting to see the differences and similarities along the way. Tomorrow, we will visit another museum and Monday....back to clinic!
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