Uganda 2022 – Color Me a Better World

Color me a better world where there is no more pain and suffering   Color me a better world where we all lend a helping hand. Color me a better world filled with hugs and smiles.  Color me a better world where kindness is is in all our hearts. Color me a better world where we all connect and understand.  Color me a better world where all the scars are healed. Color me a better world where there are no tears. Color me a better world where we think of others first. Color me a better word where there is now more war. ...

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Uganda 2022 – In My Mother’s Arms

One of the beautiful children in the burn unit at St Mary's Lacor. "Some days I can't face the world outsideI fall straight into my mother's armsOh and some days it feels like no one's on my sideThen I look into my mother's eyesInto my mother's armsOh, just feels like a childJust like a childInto my mother's arms, where IWhere I shall belongWhere I won't be home, some say, "If you never have to hideIf you just live within the line you draw"But I know, if you take away the lightIf you take away the light, it's all dark, is it not? Ooh, into my mother's armsOh, ...

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Uganda 2022 – Return to Uganda

The first, and shortest leg of our journey. In 2019, Medical Missions Foundation celebrated 10 years of mission trips to Uganda. The following two years, because of a global pandemic, we were prevented from reaching those in need of critical medical services. Finally, in 2022, we were able to return to Uganda. As my first time traveling with our Uganda team, I am completely overwhelmed by the complexity of the logistics involved in putting this, or any of our other missions together. I know much of the hard work put into planning for our missions from the ...

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Making Our Missions Local

With the recent medical developments facing everyone around the globe, we have unfortunately had to reschedule our April and June missions to Guatemala. However, in continuing our mission to provide much needed medical care to those underserved communities throughout the world, we have now redirected our focus on those underserved, in our local community. Supplies of masks, gowns and gloves, scheduled to be shipped to our mission countries, have been dispatched to Kansas City based nonprofit agencies such as KC Care Health Center, Duchesne Caritas Clinic and ...

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First Days in Philippines

Day 0 -1 Traveling - The long trip to the Philippines The day started off early as we all met at the Airport at 4:30 AM.  Everyone got checked in and bags checked for the flight.  The first leg of the flight was to Detroit International Airport where we had a few hours layover.  We arrived there around 9AM and then started the long flight to Tokyo.  The 13 hour flight was long and wore most of us out.  We arrived in Tokyo at around 3:50PM Local time and had a short layover as the next flight left at 5:25. Dr. Maria bought some green Tea Kit Kats and shared ...

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Out of Africa

As our caravan makes its way through Murchison Falls National Park, a waterbuck stands careful guard - as if to warn us of the elephant in the foggy distance that has knocked a tree down and into the roadway. Team Uganda has been back in the States a little less than two weeks now. I've sat down several times to write my last entry, but for some reason, the words which flowed so freely while in Uganda, seem to escape me now. Maybe it's easier to write when you are in the thick of things - images, sounds and smells swirling all around. If I close my eyes, they ...

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Uganda 2019 – The Hippo Room

What if society could be like the hippo room? Why can’t it be? The elderly men had been getting to know each other for several days as they waited to be screened for surgery. Some were from other districts, others from down the road. Late Sunday afternoon they were lined up on wooden benches, all holding a small blue card and their medical record. We filled out the forms, the one from Lacor ominously asking for next of kin rather than an emergency contact. And when their surgery day arrived they again sat together on a bench, talking and patiently waiting. A kind ...

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Delivering Smiles

The goal of Medical Missions Foundation is to provide surgical and medical care to underserved communities. It's always the primary focus of our missions - the smiles are a bonus. Based on this collection of photos, we deliver more smiles than Amazon on December 24th. Whether we are poking playful fun at each other, celebrating a birthday, connecting with a kiddo, relaxing after hours with an adult beverage, shaking our groove thangs at a dance party in the burn unit, sticking our tongues out (apparently that's a Team favorite) at each other or just being plain goofy, ...

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Finding Comfort

com·fort – noun: state of physical ease and freedom from pain or constraint Sometimes life is rich with irony. Such is the case with a sweet little girl named Comfort. While she is well known to many of our veteran Uganda volunteers, I knew nothing of Comfort until last Wednesday evening when the Team took a field trip to the Burn Village in Gulu. The Burn Village is a place of respite for those being seen in the burn unit at Lacor Hospital as well as their families. It’s a Ronald McDonald House of sorts. The Village was brainchild of Medical ...

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KC Proud in Africa!

We may be a long way from home, but we showing our Kansas City pride all week long. We want everyone we come in to contact with to know where we are from and how much we love our hometown! And as you can see, that pride is catching on with our new friends and colleagues!

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