El Coca Jungle, Ecuador, 2004
Medical and Dental Expedition
Costner Foundation and Charity Anywhere
November 1- November 5, 2004
A week of adventure began by boarding a small jet and flying into the
heart of the Amazon. After a short bus ride, a four hour boat ride up the Napo
river, a ten minute jaunt in the jungle, and a final 20 minute canoe ride
we finally arrived at our destination: La Selva! That evening our group
organized the plan for the upcoming days of service.
Our medical/dental mission was focused in Pilche, a small community 20
minutes up river. We set up the clinic and began our work. First we
scanned the crowd for those who were in critical need. Then we allowed
everyone medical/dental service. Selfless parents brought their children
and ensured their care before their own. One infant in particular was
severely dehydrated and only had a matter of hours before Death would
take his claim. Our team of doctors were able to restore health to this
precious child. What a miracle it was! Wednesday we were able to render
to two other neighboring communities.
We had opportunity to discover the mysteries of the jungle as well. Our
guide gave us a tour and we saw the beauty of the rainforest come to life.
One of our favorite highlights was swimming with piranhas and later fishing
for them with raw chicken.
Going to the jungle was an experience in and of itself and it was a joy to
be in such magnificent surroundings and help the people there. We will
never forget this adventure!
Abby Caldwell & Jenn Haynie
Charity Anywhere interns