Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Only 10 days for the mission!!!
Let me show you our wonderful team….
Ines, Miguette, Judith, Eske, Carmen, Dorine, Oscar, Saskia, Toine, Arantza en Julissa
We already begon at my hospital (Vlietland) to collect little toys to help comfort the kids and ease their fear and anxiety during the checks….
Thank you for helping to make kids smile!
The island has an average temperature of 26 °C (78.8 °F) and great climatic and biological diversity.
The country is also the site of the first cathedral, castle, monastery, and fortress built in all of the Americas, located in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone, a World Heritage Site.
I was picked up by Cristina, chairwoman of Bocas Sanas Latino America and Arantxa one of our translators/volunteers.
We went quickly to the airport to pick up the rest of the team with Andrea, another volunteer/ translator.
Here we are checking if all the things came in good order. All the medicine we used was from Dominican Republic. This way we support the locals and they are in the native language. In this case Spanish. The thing I love most from MCC is that they work according to WHO protocols. Those protocols are known worldwide and therefore you can work without any problems with local doctors!
We stayed at Dreamview Estate. The property from Cristina and her husband Frans. Simply beautiful! Thanks for your hospitality.
14-3-17 the mission started!
We checked at 2 places: Llanos de Perez (Los Feliz) and Ingenio. This day we checked about 150 kids. That day we saw a lot of Haitian children. I met here an old classmate too, dr. Ventura! We ate some empanadas. It was delicious!!
The next day 15-3-17 we went to Baraguana. This was a really nice location. The carrousel was supported by local doctors. They added a vaccination station to the carrousel! At the end we received a great and delicious lunch in the community. We drank a hand-crafted chocolate milk.
16-3-17 We went to los Caños. It was a great community. We saw a really sad case here. Fortunately it is now being treated! We got a treat from the mayor’s village.
17-3-17 We went to the Javillar. It was a very small location but this was not a problem for us! We made our carrousel and it worked out perfectly. We get a lot of help from our chauffeur José… super enthusiastic with the toothbrushing station! This day we did not see many children because of the rain. At the end we had some fun with music on the street!