There’s not much power available and if so, the internet is usually down, so I’m writing quickly!
We have been working at orphanages non-stop. We helped build a play ground, the only play ground here and the kids went wild. The kids have no idea about “stranger danger” because most just want to be loved and touched. They dive into your arms not caring who you are except someone who will hug them. Most have some illness, infection, and all definitely malnourished.
Darol and I are traveling the next few days with a man named Zachriah, who is a paraplegic. He began an organization that restores dignity and independence to the disabled. We are supplying wheel chairs, building ramps, giving wound care and supplements to help boost the people’s nutritional status and immune system. The number one killer of the disabled here are pressure wounds and urinary track infections. Each with the proper equipment and nutrition can alleviate that.
Our hope as a team in the future, is to begin an out reach to supply nutritional supplements and sustainable nutrition to those suffering in addition to equipment much needed such as wheel chairs, etc…
We spent a day in the local hospital and for a few moments my heart broke and I felt discouraged. One pregnant woman was paralyzed because of lack of B vitamins. She lost use of her hands and feet three months in to her pregnancy due to nutritional deficiency. Most of the time, it can be permanent damage but we are supplying the nutrition in hopes to restore her independence. Her husband left her because of her disability; she has no family, can not feed herself, can not take herself to the toilet and is about to give birth any day now.
My how we waste our good food in America. I am thankful for what we have there and it is my hope and desire that we can all begin to appreciate the abundance of health we could have if we only chose to respect our options.