This expedition was indeed a success 225 patients were attended either by acupuncture, dentistry, or a medical doctor. The service team worked together efficiently and with warm hearts and great attitudes. Much was accomplished. This particular expedition is actually a combined effort of numerous service trips, Centro De La Experiencia Del Adulto Mayor, Loretto, Camarones, the ward of San Juan in Quito, the House and Home San Francisco, Guaranda, a trip to the Bishop´s storehouse, and a trip to the woman´s international prison.
After a great breakfast, the volunteers constisting of the first four CAF volunteers from the USA, (the siblings Rachel and Bart Carter staying for two weeks, and Juliana Hill and Janette Stevens, the first long term volunteers staying for four months) Dr. Washington Zambrano, and his daughter Anita headed to the first service site around 9:00. Being called Centro De la Experiencia Del Adulto Mayor, this particular site was mainly for the elderly. Meeting one other dentist, Juan Carlos, and a nurse, Gina, the service team was ready for work. Two makeshift dental offices were arrected. The ladies worked steadily and efficiently checking patients vital signs, keeping records, assisting the dentists, and cleaning equipment, while the three gentlemen went to work striving to relieve the pain of many of the patients and restore their teeth, or remove them as necessary. Working hard from 9-5:30, 43 patients were able to be attended. The service team left feeling exhausted, but relieved and happy at a job well done. Besides just the service, some other highlights were added as humor abounded at the languages striving to be exchanged and understood. The North Americans had a great time and learned quickly to adapt to the fast paced service given and different dental techniques. The other volunteers were incredibly patient teaching as they went the needed skills and techniques used here in Ecuador. A wonderful feast of numerous fruits and vegetables was also provided for the service team. They were recieved with much warmth, welcome, and gratitude. The first part of our expedition was a success.
The next project began on Aug. 31st in Quito Ecuador. The team consisted of 31 volunteers, 29 from CAF and 2 from OSSO. There were the dentists, Bart, Dr. Zambrano, Patricio. The Orthodontist Monica, the acupuncturist, Dr. Qin, and the Medical Doctor, Dr. Miranda. Other volunteers included the three guys that helped with set up, directing volunteers, protecting the medical equipment and vehicles, Jose, Alejandro, and Carlos. The Americans, Rachel, Juliana, and Janette who helped dental assisting, cleaning equipment, directing the patients, as well as playing with the wonderful children at the orphanage and sharing games and songs in the down time during lunch. Then their was the rest of the Zambrano family (except Juan who is in the USA) Maria, Anita, Josue, and Mattius, who helped direct, interpret, cook, clean, and help reassure the children going in for dental care. We also had, Juanita, Monica, Elizabath, Natalie, and others who helped direct, cook, clean, and pass out awards to the brave children finished with their dental-medical appointment. Lastly we had our two OSSO volunteers Chrystal and Dillion Steed who worked with us until Sunday and flew back to Quito. They were a great addition, Dillion speaking fluent spanish helped interpret and also assisted the dentists´. Chrystal kept the expedition on track by assisisting with all the paper work and necessary information before the exams were possible. All in all, it was a great team that helped make possible, 7 acupuncture visits, 39 medical exams, and 44 dental exams.
We left Quito at 3:30 with a large bus and three private vehicles piled high with supplies and volunteers ready to work. We eventually arrived at the orphanage Loretto Esmeraldas at about 10:30 after having to stop to push the bus and then simply stop to replace the damaged battery. We were all tired adn were truly grateful for the nights meat and the clean and neat beds ready to be slept in. After a quick meeting preparing for the morning we headed to bed and slept great!
We awoke in the morning and had a great breakfast. We then met again as a group divided into teams and got to work setting up. Benches were aligned for the waiting patients outside along with the portable dental chair. The small rooms provided were arranged to accomadate the dental, acupuncture and medical patients. Some difficulties arose as the line grew and the need for another portable dental chair and doctor became apparent, but the service team continued to work as quickly as possible, and eventually all the patients were able to be seen.
Leaving Esmeraldas that evening, the crew drove to Camarones for some more service and also a chance to walk on the beach. Although much needed, the dental service was not possible because a power source was lacking. Although this trip was definitely not a failure because 46 more patients were able to be seen by Dr. Qin and Dr. Miranda. The rest of the crew had a much needed break and hit the beach just at sunset. The three boys and two American girls had a great time racing along the beach and then simply jumping in.
Finding the accomodations lacking, everyone except Dr. Zambrano, Dr. Qin, and Dr. Miranda headed back to the orphanage for the night. On Sunday, the cars were loaded and a crew headed to church which was quite enjoyable and wonderful. After church the group headed to Atacames where a great lunch was enjoyed at Walfredos with incredibly fish and the best shrimp in all of North and South America being served. Simply and incredibly DELICIOUS! Problems arose however as the bus was out of commission and new arrangements needed to be made. After some time at the beach the crew checked into a hotel with half of the doctors headed home and the three guys and the Carter siblings taking the night bus with some supplies back to Quito. Before the crew split up though, a break down session occured with some very tender feelings being shared about service, examples, and the dream we are helping expand here in Ecuador. It was definitely a highlight to the trip and very memorable. Songs were also sung, goals shared, needs discussed, all while on top of the hotel roof eating watermelon and enjoying the view.
On Monday, the rest of the crew had a much needed and enjoyable break on the beach running in the waves, eating pina colada ice cream, sipping pina juice, taking a boat whalewatching, ect. This was a particularly enjoyable time for Juliana (who got her hair braided along with the other young girls) and also for Janette (who found a sand volleyball game and joined right in), it was the first time for these two American girls to really see the relaxed culture of Ecuador. Some of the other relaxed highlights included Maria Zambrano teaching the girls how to Salsa, some time at the hotel pool, and some great meals!(not to mention the wonderful hospitality of the hotel managers who let us use thier facilities to cook, and also gave Juliana a C.D. with ¨her song¨on it.) All in all this part of the expedition was very rewarding through service, included some fun, but also opened our eyes to the need of a minibus for the volunteers, a generator, more volunteers, and also another portable dental chair.
Other parts of this expedition include trips to the orphanage House Home San Francisco where milk, toys, blankets, and other goods were distributed as well as a visit to an international Women´s Prison where needed feminine and hygein supplies were given. A trip was also made to the Bishop´s strorehouse packing sugar and beans for distribution.
The last part of the expedition included dental service for the San Juan Ward (45 patients being seen by Dr. Zambrano assisted by Juliana, Janette, and Anita.) As well, as a brief trip with Maria, Janette and Juliana to Guaranda where food, clothing and toothbrushes will be given to some of the local people.
This trip was truly a success, helping over 220 people and touching the hearts of the volunteers and the patients. It also opened everyones eyes to the great neccessities still needed to truly run smoothly, expand, and even be more successful. (a minibus, more volunteers, a generator, and a portable dental chair.) This team of volunteers truly helped dreams come true and miracles happen to people who wouldn´t be able to afford it otherwise. They are truly hero´s! Thanks to everyone who helped. Those who volutneered and those in Idaho, Utah, Washington, and Oregon for their selfless donations of supplies and money that added to the trip and especially to Dr. Zambrano and his family who headed up the trip and made it possible. Once again more heroes have been added to the Large Book of True Heroes. Thanks everyone.
TURNED OUT OF THE JOURNEY: House Home "San Francisco" with 8 levels (floors) painted, delivery of a quintal of flour more a quintal of rice, 50 diapers of fabric, 25 peers of sheets and 25 blankets for baby, 35 dental pastes and 35 dental brushes. Besides itself donated 15 gallons of painting and 15 brushes. The children attended were 35 in oral health , 15 in internal medicine and 5 patient in acupunture. Saturday 27 of July 8h00 Teams of dentists, medical and voluntary of Osso Encounter in the Foundation Paradise -Guamani. Initial prayer and development of activities according to division of the activities to carry out --WZ--. Transportation of volunteers in 2 minibuses 9h00 Development of activities: dental attention, medical attention and painting of the youthful center.
Groups 13h30 Idem Lunch in orphanage organized by Osso 15h00 Teams of dentists, medical and voluntary of Osso Groups activities Development 17h30 All End of the journey of job in the orphanage. Guamani Participated in Journey the following volunteers: Team of doctors and dentists: 7, Foundation OSSO 31, and Ecuador 4.
TOTAL in the Second Expedition day: 42 people. TURNED OUT OF THE JOURNEY: Exterior of the building of 2 floors painted, delivery of clothes used but in good conditions and 50 new shirts, 2 quintals of rice, 15 gallons of painting and 15 brushes, 25 peers of sheets and 25 new bedspreads of baby. The patient they attended in this journey went the following: 50 patient (among chlidren and adult) in oral health , 3 in internal medicine and 35 in acupunture. 20 flasks were delivered of vitamines and 100 dental brushes and 2 balloons of soccer new. Sunday 28 of July Free Aid to the Church with 3 voluntary dentists foreign not member.
Monday 29 of July 10h00 dental Attention to the volunteers of OSSO --WZ-- . Transportation of volunteers in 1 vehicle 14h30 Finishes the Journey Participated in this journey the 4 dentists and 1 dental assistant. Total in the Expedition Third day: 5 persons TURNED OUT OF THE JOURNEY: 20 patient attended of the Foundation OSSO. CAF.
PROJECT OF AID MEDICAL AND DENTAL AND OF CONSTRUCTIONS FROM JULY 26 TO AUGUST 4, 2002 PAIS: ECUADOR SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES AND RESULTS, PARTICIPATING HOUR, RESPONSIBLE ACTIVITY, OBSERVATIONS Tuesday 30 of July Free Mierc. 31 of July 8h30 dental Attention to the orphanage "San Vicente of Paul" in I Remove volunteers Transportations Dentists in a vehicle 17h00 Finishes the Journey they Participated And 4 dental assistants more 15 volunteers of OSSO. Total in the Fourth Expedition day: 23 people.
TURNED OUT OF THE JOURNEY: 28 patient attended among children and adult of the orphanage. Itself donated 50 brushes dental Thursday 01 of Agt. Free Friday 02 of Agt. Free Saturday 03 of Agt. 8h00 Teams of dentists, medical and voluntary of Osso Encounter in the Chapel of the Neighborhood Carcelen LDS. Initial prayer and development of activities according to division of the activities to carry out --WZ--.
Transportations of volunteers in a minibus and 2 Groups activities Development vehicles 13h30 Lunch donated by members of this chapel 14h30 Teams of dentists, medical and voluntary of Osso Groups activities
All End of the journey of job Participated in this journey the following volunteers: Team of doctors and dentists: 11, Foundation With 20, Voluntary Ecuador with 11 people.
TOTAL : In the Fifth Expedition day: 42 people. 19h00 All Meeting of evaluation, testimonies and supper of
farewell for all organized by CAF --WZ--. Participated in total 50 people.
TURNED OUT OF THE JOURNEY: dental medical Attention to members and not member with the following results: In Internal Medicine 37 patient, in Acupunture 41 patient, in Pediatrics 67 patient, in Gynecology 10 patient and in Dentistry 41 patient. In total they were attended to 196 patient. 196 dental pastes were delivered and 196 dental brushes. to 68 patient were delivered it various mediciness as antibiótics, analgésics, vitamines, , etc. Also clothes in good state they were distributed and 50 rations of food of first need .
Sunday 04 of Agt. Free Monday 05 of August Return of voluntary foreigners to their countries of origin --WZ--
TURNED OUT TOTAL OF THE EXPEDICION * 174 PATIENT ATTENDED IN DENTISTRY ,55 PATIENT ATTENDED IN INTERNAL MEDICINE ,67 PATIENT ATTENDED IN PEDIATRICS* These results are supported with the clinical histories of the patient, the same that Themselves archivan in CAF Ecuador 10 PATIENT ATTENDED IN GYNECOLOGY , 81 PATIENT ATTENDED IN ACUPUNTURE total. 387 PATIENT
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