2016 Arusha, Tanzania

Jun 6, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 1

Arusha, Tanzania

This morning our team arrived at 3:45 a.m. at the hotel in Arusha, Tanzania. Getting there can be a tough job. Our flight (via Istanbul) was a long one. It’s 03:45 a.m. when we finally get to bed for a Read More »

Jun 7, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 2

Arusha, Tanzania

They melt in your heart, not in your hands! Today we have seen all the patients. We made the medical records and photographs, tested their state of health and spoke with them. All lovely, sweet and nice ki... Read More »

Jun 8, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 3

Arusha, Tanzania

The promise of a mother, Naomi. Naomi wants a better future for her Doto, because her daughter has a cleft lip. Without an operation there will be lots of troubles for her; eating and drinking, to be well ... Read More »

Jun 9, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 4

Arusha, Tanzania

Marianne Koebrugge (sterilizer) on the left, Kristin Koch (occupational therapist) in the middle and Elizabeth Brown (PACU nurse) on the right. Everybody needed to settle down on Wednesday because this is ... Read More »

Jun 10, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 5

Arusha, Tanzania

Eva Jackson has a dream … Eva works in a small restaurant, and has ambition. She wants to be beautiful and she wants to own her own supermarket. She wanted to be a doctor in secondary school, but her... Read More »

Jun 11, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 6

Arusha, Tanzania

The faith of Patricia… Patricia has 3 daughters. They are 18, 11 and 4 years old. Patricia is a real Iraqw. A tribe from the Arusha/Manyara region. Patricia is Roman Catholic, her kids are ‘nus... Read More »

Jun 13, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 7

Arusha, Tanzania

Rosemarie is a go-getter… In a Tanazanian household dinner is made on an open stove. Much of it is fried. Women have a very busy life. Many women have several young kids. They aren’t used to constantly... Read More »

Jun 15, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 8

Arusha, Tanzania

Dr. René Vreuls our lead peditrician is also our interpreter. He speaks fluent Swahili. All other doctors rely on his translations and his understanding with the patients. Dr. Bernard Thio (pediatrician) ... Read More »

Jun 16, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 9

Arusha, Tanzania

Sleeping is no longer as it was for Restuta. Two years ago, it was a cold winter in June. The Tarimo family warmed themselves by the fire. Mother Restuta remembered it well. Her youngest daughter was lying... Read More »

Jun 17, 2016

Arusha, Tanzania 2016 – Day 10

Arusha, Tanzania

Extended care… We are not staying, but we won’t leave the patients on their own. In Arusha nearby the hospital there is a place called The Plaster House. It is a beautiful place where kids can rehabili... Read More »

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Aug 6, 2022

Day 11- Farewells


As we finished with the last patients and were packing up boxes, we were surprised when a luncheon was set up for us.  We were under the impression that this was cancelled due to COVID.  Unfortunately, n... Read More »

Aug 5, 2022

Day 11- The after effects


This is our last day here (Thursday, August 4).  There will be no surgeries today.  Patients that were staying locally were asked to come back today for a final check of their surgical sites.  For some,... Read More »