We had an incredibly busy week with a new group of University of Washington Global Health students joining us on Sunday the 6th and staying through yesterday morning (11th). There were 7 students and 2 teachers and a driver and my 2 UK students. So we were cooking for 13 of us each meal.
They experienced shadowing doctors and nurses, helping in OPD clinic and Antenatal Clinic, helping in the Laboratory and watching 3 C/Sections. Our UK students were happy to get to assist in the C/Sections. They also went out for a vaccination clinic and weighed kids, measured kids and gave Vitamin A and Polio drops. They got a good taste of bush life and global health in a rural setting and they all seemed to enjoy it.
On Thursday we started a Youth Conference for our Province that has seen over 500 kids gathering to sing and dance and have lessons, Bible competitions and hear sermons. We joined them for church this morning and they were all very enthusiastic in their singing and dancing! They continue through Monday morning.
Peter and Jeyam our medical students from Norwich, UK left early this morning to travel on to Victoria Falls for a few days and then Cape Town. They enjoyed their 3 weeks here and learned a lot from our doctors and nurses. We wish them well in their future careers and their last year of medical school that starts in September.
Monday and Tuesday are holidays here and so we are on half day schedule if all goes well. Gives us time to catch up on needed paper work. Also having more visitors coming--6 for lunch Monday then 5 for dinner and the next day 7 more joining us through Thursday. Club Chid keeps busy!
Major was granted his US visa this past week and so we are on our way to the US on 3 September. We fly via Hong Kong to San Francisco and hope to have 2 days with friends in Hong Kong.
We get in to the US on the 6th and on the 8th we fly to Portland, OR to spend the weekend with Santa Clara church in Eugene, OR. We hope to catch up with several friends there. Then on the 11th we fly on to Seattle to be there until the 30th visiting companies and friends we work with and also a quick trip to see Victoria, BC for 4 days.
Our fundraiser sponsored by Friends of Chidamoyo is on Saturday the 16th. We hope to see many of you there. Please check out our FB page for Friends of Chidamoyo to book your tickets--even if you can't come. We hope to raise a lot of funds to help the hospital that night. It is always a fun night with many friends coming and lots of exciting things to bid on for the raffle.
We have seats for a San Francisco Giants game on the 1st of October and then we will be in Santa Rosa area until we leave on the 24th. From October 11-14 I will be joining 6 other of my college buddies to celebrate our 40th reunion our of our College/Nursing School graduation! We will be together at someones cabin on Lake Tahoe.
Lots of people and things to do! We have to have time to shop too! We will let you know when we get to the US our phone number. Major is already thinking about all the food and Root Beer he can drink! Ha!
UW students observing in Theater (OR)
Annette, one of the students teachers giving devotions on Friday
Jeyam assisting for a C/S
Peter and UW students observing the C/Section
Students helping with paperwork
Jeyam making his farewell speech on Friday morning