|Our Cabin at the Lodge|
|The Lodge Restauratn|
|Fishermen bringing in their Catch|
|Fishermen Selling their Catch|
|Tire Repair Shop|
|Selling Fish at the Market|
|The First Clinic|
|People meeting under the tree|
|Justin Talking to the Villagers|
When we arrived at the destination where the clinic was going to happen crowds of local people were waiting for us, sitting under the trees for shade. It was after 12:00 when we arrived, and at that time only one doctor was there – we can’t forget we are working on African time!!
|Waiting for the Clinic|
|Our Clinic Doctors|
|Cattle being herded through the Village|
Finally, the medical clinic could begin. We stayed around until 2:45 – Justin talking to different people - He knows how to work a crowd! Shortly after we left 3 more doctors arrived. Of the hundreds of people who were gathered we have no idea how many had medical issues or how many were supporting the sick person.
Some were there with the malaria virus. Of course the children were screaming when they were pricked for the malaria blood test. The people were so appreciative for the mobile clinic, as otherwise they would have to walk 15 – 20 – 25 km to get any medical help. The missing health aspects were a dentist and an eye doctor. One gal needed a tooth pulled, but could not afford transportation to get to a dentist, so all they could give her now was pain killers. In a discrete way we have given money so she can go to a dentist.
After we left the medical clinic we drove to one of the villages where a school is located that has the Rotary funded solar panel to power lights in one classroom.
We met the Head Master. He overflowed with appreciation for the lights! It is not just for the students, but also for the teachers and himself who can work after dark on their lessons. When you realize it is dark by 6:00 pm, there is a large chunk of time in the evening for productive study when there is light. The lights are usually turned off between 10:00 – 10:30. The head Master told us that since there are lights, all (50) of his 8th grade students were able to move on to high school whereas before only 7 out of a class were able to get high enough test scores.
|School with Solar Panel|
|The Solar Panel|
|Rechargeable Battery and Cell Phone Charger|
|Cal, Rachel with the School Head Master|
Solar power is definitely the energy sources for Africa. It really is a simple concept. A solar panel to catch the sun’s rays, wires, battery and wires to the light sockets that have bulbs. However, you do want heavy duty batteries, and good equipment, as we have heard of one solar unit on a house was not working – It was too cheap! We have seen small (12 x 15”) solar panels standing outside of a house that had direct feeds to a radio. As the sun moved they could move this portable solar panel. We also saw a larger panel (2ft x 4 ft) standing outside a home – we have no idea what it was powering.
Before we returned to the lodge we went to the village where Justin was raised and saw the school room Rotary electrified there. This village also is home of SOM (Save the Orphans Ministry). Justin and Jane have a home in this village so when Parliament is not in session they are in his District most of the time, and when it is in session he is out here on weekends. They have solar panels on this home so it is electrified as well. We saw buildings built by church groups from Des Moines who would come for a week at a time over a period of years building different buildings. They invested a lot of time and money into the ministry of SOM.
|The Communal Water Pump|
|Crossing the Bridgs|
We have a long drive back to the Lodge on the Lake. Thank goodness we are in a vehicle with A/C. You are so glad to get out of the vehicle after that bumpy ride!!
The evening was spent relaxing at the Lodge. When the sun sets, the temperature cools down. It was a beautiful evening by the lake.