Jan 30: But i know that anywhere is safer than here . . .

By |2020-02-03T18:51:03+00:00January 30th, 2020|Categories: refugee, South of the Border|

Homeno one leaves home unlesshome is the mouth of a sharkyou only run for the borderwhen you see the whole city running as wellyour neighbors running faster than youbreath bloody in their throatsthe boy you went to school withwho kissed you dizzy behind the old tin factoryis holding a gun bigger than his bodyyou only leave [...]

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Jan 29: We walked past lines of people who happened to be born in a different country than myself.

By |2020-01-30T17:33:39+00:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: refugee, South of the Border|

Today was day 5 in Matamoros. Courtnay arrived! Our Hands on Global team is all here, and so excited to be partnering with Global Response Management. Hands on Global facilitated our members to be here, and donated much needed medications, supplies, toys for the kiddos, and an open-sided replacement tent to shield from the sun and [...]

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Jan 28: The mobilization and organization that is required to run a camp like this one is staggering.

By |2020-01-30T17:27:22+00:00January 28th, 2020|Categories: refugee, South of the Border|

Today was day 4 in Matamoros. Lauren is here! Our Hands on Global team grew to two! Busy clinic day, our gynecologist was in and saw many women, both pregnant and trying not to be. A delegation from the UN High Council for Refugees is here, doing a camp survey and also met with us to [...]

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Jan 27: Who better to make decisions than mothers who already run the world?

By |2020-01-30T17:18:38+00:00January 27th, 2020|Categories: refugee, South of the Border|

Today was day 3 in Matamoros. Busier day today, lots of sick babies, several pregnant mothers, people with heart conditions and the ever pressing need for better birth control options. Our team is phenomenal. Providers, nurses, medics, pharmacy, interpreters, support staff, all volunteers, all here for different reasons but same mission. It’s important to be flexible [...]

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Jan 26: Today I listened to stories . . .

By |2020-01-27T19:43:27+00:00January 26th, 2020|Categories: refugee, South of the Border|

Today was day 2 in Matamoros. Sundays are days of rest, family, and the sacred in Latin America and that was palpable today. There was a sense of calm. The clinic was not very busy, and we used the downtime to organize, organize, organize. Sustained clinics like this one are constantly evolving, growing, incorporating new [...]

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Jan 25: Day One – Crossing the Border

By |2020-01-27T18:50:47+00:00January 25th, 2020|Categories: refugee, South of the Border|

Today was day one in Matamoros!I crossed the border with Global Response Management team members and we got right to work. Hands on Global is partnering with GRM to help staff their clinic in Matamoros, Mexico. The clinic is right in the middle of camp. It’s flu season, we saw lots of coughs and colds and [...]

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