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2006


Thursday, March 9 through Monday, March 20


In the first six years the group worked in the south and the southwestern parts of the Domincan Republic. The 2005 mission trip was the first time the area of the effort was in the northern portion of the country. This year the group returned to the north.

Projects
  • medical clinics
  • "vacation bible school"
Participants

    Leaders:
      Etla Van Horne, R.N. (SWAU Nursing faculty)
      Tony Torres, M.D.
    Southwestern Students:
      Courtney Bailey
      Jescinda Barrett
      Carolina Cabra
      April Chisholm
      John Claunch
      Gizelle Correces
      Christopher Decker
      Rachel Durichek
      Michelle Leon
      Amber Olson
      Sarahi Prieto
      Juna Sumanti
      Claudia Torres
    Other Participants:
      Joanne Hayes, R.N.
    Bus Master:
      Julio Ramirez
 



Clinics are a very rewarding experience.
Joanne Hayes, 2006            


Activities

The group stayed in a hotel and worked in the area between Puerto Plata and Sosua in the Northern part of the country.

Each day began with worship and a discussion of the plans for the day. Before every clinic there was the dispensing and preparation of the medicines. Then the bus was load with supplies and participants and all set off with prayer.

Over 2000 people were seen and helped during four clinics. Either before or after the clinic time, there was time to meet with the children in a story telling and craft experience. Since each clinic venue was different, each had to be designed and set up to provide a good flow through where possible. Dr, Torres, nurses, nursing students all talked with the people coming for assistance. Students who knew Spanish helped translating. Others were involved in crowd control and managing the pharmacy where people, medicines, and instruactions all needed to be matched up and accomplished.

Clothing and shoes that had been donated by the people and churches of north Texas found a good use as they were distributed to the very poor.