On my third trip with IMR it still warms my heart to see a group of complete strangers, all who have donated their personal time and money, come together to do good. It blows my mind to see these complete strangers, all from different walks of life bond together to help people they may never see again. Today was our first full day as a team and we not only learned about the Zulu culture and traditions, we also learned about each other. Who has suffered; who has conquered; what inspires each other; what area people thrive in; who doesn’t want to hold a baby crocodile and so on. Clinic days are the most rewarding part of these trips but to feel like you did good in the world alongside even better people is what makes these trips so special. Our bags are packed, our uniforms are ready and we are so excited to get out there and start our mission of helping and speaking for those who don’t have a voice. – Jamie, IMR Team South Africa
The past few days in clinic have been fantastic. We have been seeing both very young, and very old patients, both of whom are extremely appreciative.
Yesterday, we visited an orphanage in a rural part of South Africa, in which a couple in their 70’s takes care of 60+ children and adults (many of whom have been there their entire lives). We saw everything from well-checks, to small procedures. The room that we used for triage had a quote painted on the wall which read “To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world.”
Afterwards, we were able to tour a lion park and get up close and personal with some elephants, zebras, and more.
As we go into our last day of clinic, I will always remember the smiling faces of the people we were able to help along the way.
Noah, IMR Team South Africa