James, Kadijah, Lucy and Ann Marie returned to Kroo Bay Medical Clinic to bring them more medical supplies. Once again they were greeted by an extremely happy staff eager to receive some much needed supplies. Once again, we were surprised by just how little equipment and supplies they had and how much they needed what we just brought in. When you surf the Internet you find a great deal about the needs of Kroo Bay but it seems there are precious few stepping up to the plate to actually get the supplies in to those who need it so much. Nazareth House doesn't have a lot but everything we have we send to Kroo Bay and other clinics in Sierra Leone who have many sick patients and nothing to aid them in their treatment. And every time we make a visit we find them with empty shelves.
On this round we had quite a bit of surgery supplies, bandages, syringes, catheters and even some IV drip filled with Potassium Chloride.
I am always amazed that we are able to ship across an ocean to a small country in Africa bags full of IV drip without it bursting.
So far, we've had great success. Wherever the need...you do what you can to get it there.
The Potassium Chloride bags were left over from an illness of Aleica Willis when she had a home nurse tending to her.
The fluid bags were just left there and Aleica of course had paid for them so she gave them to NHA. Once in our possession, off they go to benefit Sierra Leone.
Some doctors in Indiana provided the syringes and other medical necessities. We are happy to see Ann Marie and Lucy who have been studying and testing this week.
Some items were purchased by NHA from S.O.S. (Supplies Over Seas), a non-profit that gives access at an extremely fair price to needed medical supplies.
Once again our NHA team
has shown up at Kroo Bay and provided much that they needed at the exact right time - when they were out of everything.
The doctor on duty is providing us with a list of their current needs. We will do all we can to fill it.
And what drives NHA to keep trying and giving and working ?
This is what drives us, this child, this very sick crying child, this is what brings us to our knees in prayer, this is what makes us not look away but enter into it all and do all that we can. Please don't look away, join us - Make a Difference!
Nazareth House Apostolate
2216 Goldsmith Lane
Louisville, KY 40218