As we get ready to set of for another medical mission, it makes me reflect on how much fun we had last year. Last year we spent a week in the rural villages of Kenya, providing medical care to children that would otherwise receive none. The kids walked from miles around to visit the little clinics that we set up.
One of the doctors at my hospital runs a group that coordinates annual medical mission trips deployed to areas in Kenya and Swaziland that are beyond the reach of other relief agencies. My best friend and I signed up to volunteer our time in Kenya last year. We drove a few hours outside of the capital of Nairobi to a small town where we stayed for the week. Each day, we would pack up the bus with supplies for our clinic. We would drive 1.5-3 hours out side of that town, down dirt roads to get to the villages. Some of the kids walked for miles to get to us.
Within the clinic, we would assess the local children, with the help of a translator. Many of these kids suffer from nutritional deficiencies and we would provide them with supplements as needed. We also checked them over for common ailments of the area. Everyone was given vitamins and tooth brush and paste.
There were times throughout the day where we were able to play with the kids. They loved the bubbles that we brought and took over just about anything else we tried to play with. Their favorite thing was the selfie stick that Rachael brought. They loved seeing their own faces!
One of the most incredible thing we got to experience in Kenya was the culture. This wasn’t a guided tour or a stay at a resort. We were in the heart of the small communities, interacting with their children.