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Saturday March 10, 2018
Hello from the Dominican Republic! The Global Health track is all here and ready to get to work today on our sanitation service project.
Sunday March 11, 2018
Today as part of the GLA family we set out to begin our first project. Together we aim to (over the next two days) build a fully functional bathroom facility. We began by using recycled bottles to create the insulation and inner pieces of the bathroom and digging a 6’x6’x6′ hole for the septic. Tomorrow we hope to finish the septic and cement the outer walls of the bathroom. We left the site with smiles on our faces and bug bites all over.
Leaders of the Day – Alec and Basile
Monday March 12, 2018
Today we went back to the home of Doña Chita and completed bottling, as well as cementing some of the walls in her new bathroom. In addition, we completed digging the 4 foot hole for the septic tank. Afterwards, we took a tour of the community, and discussed natural medicines and insecurities that the community faces; such as water shortage and climate change. After returning to the lodge we headed to the beach. Later in the night, we had our lecture. We also had a discussion about why we are here and how we plan on impacting our community.
From the most AMAZING Leaders of the Day – Kaitlyn and Anna
Tuesday March 13, 2018
Today we took a boat ride to a snorkeling sight in Sosua. We got to see many colorful fish and even some of us enjoyed a mouthful of salt water! It was very fun and we all had a great time. We then got to get a taste of back home for a change, and had pizza and piña coladas for lunch.
Next, we got to relax at Playa Alicia, where we tanned and swam in the clear water. For some, the sun loved us a little too much and left us a little crispy. We ended the day when we headed home and chowed down on some fantastico tacos! Miss all of you back home!
The Leaders of the Day – Victoria and Jillian
Wednesday March 14, 2018
GHI prepared to depart for Verge Policlinic (a local clinic). With great anticipation, we students were relieved when we finally arrived and met Doctora Peña. At the clinic, she showed us her daily routine, which included consulting patients, operating the ER, and working the pharmacy. Once we were done at the clinic, we cooled off with some refreshing ice cream and played at a local park. Once back at the lodge, Javier led a class in order to teach us our responsibilities for the Brigade tomorrow. We were very eager to participate in a clinical simulation in order to practice our new skills. After dinner, we watched a documentary about the international aid system. Movie night consisted of dominican hot chocolate and snacks. We ended the night on a sentimental note by opening our envelopes of Love & Kindness.
Paz y Amor,
The Leaders of the Day – Julianna y Sabrina
Thursday March 15, 2018
Today our GHI group went to Severe, to support the Haitian batey. We set up a clinic with a local doctor, and saw 29 patients. We were separated into different groups, where we registered patients, took vitals, preformed a clinical interview, shadowed the doctor consultations, and handed out medications. After a long day of hard work, we played with the children, and then slept on the bus ride back to the lodge!