May 15, 2017
Today, the team we woke up in beautiful Murchison Falls at the crack of dawn to take part in an authentic African safari. Equipped with breakfast in hand and cameras charged, we piled into 3 pop-top vans and made our way to the park. The park rangers kept us safe as we traveled through the park and saw Jackson heart beasts, eagles, water bucks, warthogs, water buffalos, origes, giraffes, Uganda cobbs, hippos and of course African elephants! It was an incredible experience, even if a baboon stole my snack upon boarding the vans!
At the end of our stay at Murchison Falls, the team gathered to debrief and share our thoughts and feelings about how the trip went. The team shared what they learned, found surprising and laughed about memories made. We talked about the “Now what?” feeling that is is going to happen when re-entering home culture. We have all certainly changed, yet our home environment has not. Coming home can be difficult and discouraging, but with the support of our friends and teammates we can help to integrated our new knowledge and growth into our lives at home.
Tonight we celebrate our journey at the Masindi Hotel. The OneWorld Health May Uganda Team was able to serve a total of 913 Ugandan citizens, providing them with free primary, dental, physical therapy, occupational therapy, eye and pharmaceutical care. This trip, though emotionally and physically trying, has been absolutely incredible. This trip has demonstrated the the power of love can do amazing things.
One of the life lessons that will stay with me the most is that all people, from every walk of life, has had their own obstacles and burdens to overcome and everyone is deserving of love, care and respect.
+ Marina Clements, MUSC DPT Student

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