Reflecting back to March 2 in Sosua…….one month ago that seems incredibly distant. There’s always a “re-entry” phase after a mission trip; this time the extra layers of quarantine and global health anxiety have delayed that process. I know we are all dealing with anxiety in some way, just wanted to share a snapshot of our trip for now, along with heartfelt prayers for anyone reading this.
March 2 was our 2nd day in a row of rain, and our first day for scheduled projects in the schools. We were full of anticipation to see the students in Bombita in the morning; in spite of the rain, a good number of students came to school. We applied fluoride treatments for all the students, then the younger classes enjoyed our art/anatomy lesson while the older students participated in puberty health discussions.
As the rain continued, we realized classes in Los Castillos would be cancelled for the afternoon. Many of these students live in an area where flooding is a regular threat and as a result, the children are kept home for obvious safety reasons. The team was able to visit the Los Castillos school and church, which allowed us to brainstorm about our clinic to be held there the following day. It was disappointing to realize we would miss the opportunity to spend time with those students, yet also sobering to realize the challenges of everyday life for these families. We have experienced rain during most of our trips, however this week had more total downfall than in all our previous trips combined. There was a day (later in the week) where the homes directly across from our hotel were flooded, along with the entrance to the hotel.
Please scroll through the pictures below from March 2, 2020. Stay tuned for more detail about our trip from team member, Mark Seifert!
First Trip to the DR 2008
Barb Settles Huge - Founder and President
Dan Huge- Advisory Council Chair