From Kutara: I have been ungrateful
There are certain things I never get used to, like waking up in the morning, riding a bike or going for a hike. You see, for every time I hear someone passed on, or read up a story of someone who lost the use of his legs, I am reminded not to take any of these seemingly “little” things for granted. No matter how many times we go to Kutara, I never get used to it. December 15, 2018 was our fourth visit to Kutara IDP camp, again I found it hard to sleep (Efe sorry for all the lights that came on, plus the yoga video that early morning). Somewhere in our minds while planning the Christmas visit, we thought we could give the children a party with a bouncy castle. It was just a thought and my amazing friends made it possible even if they had to travel out of town for a vendor site visit (Thank you Efe and Daniel for the behind the scene moves you pulled).
We met up that morning at the designated pick-up locations and set out for Kutara. We had just driven in and while off-loading the items we brought, one of the volunteers started crying at the corner – she kept on saying God I’ve been ungrateful. I had to pull her aside and had a little pep talk with her. For as much as many of us don’t let our tears flow out, every trip leaves some thoughts on the inside of us. You wonder how they remain happy in the midst of the situation they have found themselves in. But like I mentioned earlier on in previous posts they are very resilient and are very persistent in their resolve to make it in life.
Our visits keep on getting better, the joy on the faces of the kids as the castle went up was so fulfilling. Oh they wanted to literally remain on the castle all day, we had to start rationing the time they spent on it. Below is a summary of all we did
- Medical team – 92 people (Male 31, Female 61) received medical examinationand medication was administered
- Dental team – 38 people (Male 16, Female 22) received dental care
- Gift packs – 180 gift packs to the children
- Volunteers – 26 (Male 13, Female 13)
- Relief materials – Dry food, educational materials and toiletries.
We are planning an Easter visit scheduled on April 20, 2019. I am excited we are about to light up their lives with our presence and all that comes with it. The current statistics of the camp is Men – 55, Women – 99, Youth – 136, Children – 208. Below are the current needs of the camp.
- Doctors (Male and Female)
- Public Health Workers (Male and Female)
- Non-medical volunteers
- Relief Materials
- Clothes and Shoes
- First Aid Box
- Educational Materials
- Sewing Machines
- Grinding Machine
Please see the flyer below for more information. Please let us know if you want to be a part of the next visit.
Loads of Love
Friends of Kutara