Tours and Introductions
Today we started with a tour of the Children of the Nations office and met all of the staff members. They were all so welcoming and gracious towards us being there. We then got to tour the Clinic of Barahona that partners with COTN. It was very small with only 2 operating rooms and one recovery room with a total of 3 nurses on staff. There are only surgeries done 3 times a year because the surgeons are US doctors who are flown down to do the operations. There was also a small dentist room where the dentist works 2 days a week. This clinic is ran strictly by support and donations. The children who cannot afford going to the hospital can come to the clinic for free. It was eye opening experience to see how diverse the medical field is here in the DR than in America.
Today, we also got to walk around 3 bateys and 2 barrios. The kids were so joyful and playful. We enjoyed our time in these communities and are excited to start working on our community health project tomorrow. We were also fortunate enough to be able to the brand new University that was built here in Barahona. It was the most beautiful building we have seen.
We pray for time management as we take the time to invest in the kids within the community as well as getting the community health and pro-vector projects done as efficiently as possible.
More pictures will come soon!