Places, Faces & Fauna of Ecuador ’17

Places, Faces & Fauna of Ecuador ’17

Home and Changed

Team Ecuador THP 2017 had an AMAZING experience in Misahualli, Ecuador.  We spent four days working in various capacities to help the Antioch Christian Academy and to provide medical care for villages in the area. We have so many emotions as we reflect on what God did through us during our four days serving those in Ecuador.

The construction crew made great progress on the new middle school at Antioch Christian Academy. The entire team, at one time or another, came together to help meet a looming deadline that, hopefully, will ensure that the school opens in August.

We experienced people and situations that we could never have imagined. But, we all stepped out on faith and carried out some pretty extraordinary work to help the school, the students, and the Misahualli community. It wasn’t easy. It was hard work. But everyone jumped in and used their spiritual gifts and talents to get the job done.

One of the best parts of the trip was the friendships we made. We had a mighty group of nearly 30 people from different parts of the country with different personal and professional backgrounds. We worked well together and we accomplished much while having a good time.

Thank you, Curt Holland, Ashley Murphy and Walter and Barbara Hosiner, for being our fearless leaders. The trip was so worth it and you provided us with a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Now, we must decide how we will proceed. How will we serve in the future? What opportunities will God provide for us? What will we do with those opportunities?

Team Ecuador THP 2017 has now transitioned back into our everyday lives — forever changed by our Ecuadorian experience!

Angela E. contributor

Help, Hope, Heal in Ecuador ’17

Help, Hope, Heal in Ecuador ’17

One of the main reasons The Hanna Project traveled to Ecuador was to provide medical care for remote villages in the area of Misahualli. The first day we went to Tres Hermanos. (see map in pictures above) During a steady rain, the group trudged through the mud to provide medical care for families in the rural jungle village. The medial team, made up of two doctors, a nurse, an x-ray technician, a paramedic and four nursing students, provided some basic health care to children and their parents.

The highlight of the day was visiting the village school and checking the students for various medical conditions. There were so many smiling, sweet faces of the children and some really thankful parents. We felt very blessed to be there and hope we provided some needed medical care. Dr. Ari was given permission to share the “Wordless Book” with the students in the class. It was so inspiring to watch her interact with the children and to pray with them.

If you donated wound care kits to The Hanna Project, we left several of them with the people in the villages. Along with the wound kits, we also received a lot of other donated medical supplies. The supplies are being used in the villages and given to the larger regional clinic in Misahualli. The medical team visited three other villages throughout the week, ministering to the medical and social needs of the indigenous people who live in the area.

The medical team saw more than 650 patients in four villages over the course of four days. The needs were great and the team did their best to help local health officials complete “well child” checks, provide vitamins for children and adults and treat minor ailments of people living in the villages.

Angela E. contributor

Ivory Coast Medical ’17

Ivory Coast Medical ’17

The Hanna Project 2017 Ivory Coast team, returned to the USA on April 6. Chris, Curt, Clint, Eddie, Elizabeth, Drew, Jacob, Joan, Lynette, Michaelanne, Sam, Shane, and Sherwood each have their own stories to tell. But the Ivorian stories need to be told too.
The Ivorian Dr. who completed 16 surgeries, many other procedures and an emergency C-section of a baby girl, could not stop talking about our THP nurses! They were thanked for their cooperative spirit, mutual respect when teaching, learning and observing, plus their countless donations of scrubs and other medical supplies were appreciated.  More than 100+ consultations and medical needs were met by the Ivory staff and THP nurses.
Over 150 Ivorian families, in a secluded village, received Help, Hope, and Healing on our last day in Doropo. Wound care stations, consultations, written prescriptions, and Wound Care Kits where shared by our Ivorian and THP nurses. The smiles and thanks were unforgettable!

The Wreck

The Wreck

The nap was needed after long, hot, sleepless nights the previous week. But the pleasant nap ended with a start, as our bus stopped. I don’t know if it was the stopping of the bus or the ceasing of the African air conditioner, (the windows down and 85 mile per hour speeds), which ended the nap!  Nevertheless, our Ivorian doctor and bus driver rushed back to the scene of the accident. Bodies were strewn all over the two-lane highway between the towns of Bondoukou and Bouna. Our nurses quickly rushed to the scene as well, along with other THP team members. Of course, it was the end of our trip, so all of our medical supplies were left behind at the hospital for urgent needs in Doropo.

Our limited French speaking skills were a hindrance to provide the kind of help each of the team members wanted to give. The injured lay along the highway. Those who perished were covered with a cloth and others were pulled from the wreckage. A baby did survive, but her mother did not. And even though we knew the injured were not speaking English the wailing from these Ivorians sounded like the word “why?”. A variety of tribes could have been represented, so we knew they didn’t speak English. But the wailing and the crying sounded like “why?”. For the remainder of our trip we were reminded once again of “the why?”. Why do team members give of their time, their talent, and their financial treasure to be part of The Hanna Project?

This tragic scene in the middle of the Ivory Coast was just a microcosm of our world. As the injured, the confused, and the awestruck cried out and asked for water, they lifted up their hands for help.  Our team was again reminded of our world’s tremendous needs, it is filled with those who need Help, Hope, and Healing, which we as The Hanna Project get to share!

Ivory Coast ’16 – Surgery

Ivory Coast ’16 – Surgery

The former Dr. and the visiting Surgeon, left early Saturday, to make the long trek up country to the hospital in Doropo! They really did bring HELP, HOPE and HEALING with their efforts and from HIS favor!

Participants:

  • Kenneth Eagleton
  • Mason Mandy (surgeon)
  • Coulibaly (nurse anesthetist from Abidjan)
  • Jeremy (nurse working near Abidjan and secretary of BERACA – Ivorian NGO and partner with The Hanna Project)

Objective:            

  • Train Doropo hospital doctor in surgical techniques (this objective was hampered by the fact that the local doctor took another job and there is presently no doctor working there).
  • Help the population by providing needed surgeries

Dr. Mason had several “firsts” and unique experiences in the Operating Room:

Saw the largest hernias and hydroceles he had ever seen.

Did surgery on his first case with active Tuberculosis.

Did surgery on his first case with positive malaria test.

Did his first surgery with use of cell phone flashlight during a power outage during surgery.

Operated for the first time with the use of reusable sterile gowns and drapes.

The pictures can speak for themselves of the success and partnership The Hanna Project has with the hospital in Doropo and BERACA.  In 2017, a container full of medical supplies needs to be sent to the Ivory Coast, along with another surgery/medical team!