PICTURED: Dave (driving) and Scott on the back with all the guys. This is how they ride here! / Charles and some of his many kids at E.G.O. / Shirley Tejeda working in the pharmacy with Mr. & Mrs. Raymond, a really sweet couple.
When we arrived at the orphanage this morning, there was already a line of people waiting for us, and we learned they had started coming at 5:00 a.m. The crowd was so large and was getting quite rowdy, and we had to close the gate by 10:30 because we knew we already had more people than what we could see by the end of the day which turned out to be around 250+ people. A lot of dehydration, malaria, parasites and malnutrition again in addition to tuberculosis and H.I.V. One man had been suffering from pneumonia for a few months already and was so dehydrated that we hooked him up to I.V. fluids which made a huge difference.
On the building site, Dave & Scott made a lot of progress on the lady's house. Their eager friend Anewl did show up today, and they told him he had a job at least until our last day on Tuesday. He was so thankful for the opportunity to work! The desperation and lack of anything good here is just heartbreaking. Dave & Scott already promised their tools and supplies to their helpers and you would have thought that a $4 pair of gloves and a $25 hammer was worth $1000 cash to them. They were so thankful and appreciative for something that could help them work.
Now we are back at the hotel and sorting meds to take a sampling with us as we go out on the road tomorrow with our mobile medical clinic. We look forward to telling you what we see!