August 9, 2017

Hello from Uganda! This morning, we enjoyed a beautiful Ugandan sunrise on our way to Kirwala. This is the first time One World Health has visited and treated people in this village, and they were very excited to welcome us as we arrived. We were able to treat approximately 150 people within a small school there. It is very humbling to see their appreciation of the basic healthcare services provided. The smallest things, such as having reading glasses or basic medications, make such a difference for and to them. We also enjoyed watching a few team members entertain the children with various flips and handstands today! Nice work guys! =) Additionally, we have seen a variety of animals over the last few days, including a very large snake (thankfully, deceased), large birds, goats, longhorn cattle (those horns!), chickens, dogs, and a monkey or two!

Each day has brought new and different challenges. Continuous creativity is required to get through the days, as we search for solutions to help each patient’s unique needs with limited resources. Our team has bonded through these trials and successes. We are grateful for each team member and their individual skills. Everyone on the team is passionate about serving the people here and the work they are doing. Sometimes, the need seems so great and it is difficult to feel that our short-term investment will have a lasting impact. However, that’s one of the wonderful things about OWH. They don’t just focus on these short-term trips, but even more importantly, on continuing this care through their clinic locations that they are continuing to expand. At the end of the day, we pray we are not just providing care to assist these people today, but that we are educating them about their healthcare options for the future.

As a team, we are all thankful for those back at home who helped to make this trip possible through their prayers and financial support. Without you, helping and healing these people would not be possible. We are excited to see what God has in store for us during the remainder of our trip!

+ Meryl & Dusty Hughes

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