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Lauren Walker

Prior to the GCP trip, my dream job was to create a team of traveling
Occupational Therapists that would meet international healthcare
needs.  After viewing the video on healthcare, the desire is
reinforced that much more.  We are so blessed to live in a country
where there are hospitals and clinics everywhere we turn.  We take for
granted the ability to have children without worrying about dying, or
having an ambulance at our disposal for any emergency.  I think seeing
the medical needs first hand in Mozambique will send this dream into
action.  I am already brainstorming ways that I can incorporate this
trip into projects this semester, that way I'll be proactive in taking
steps towards making the organization a reality.

Trip Reflections

     I officially know I could never be a celebrity because the amount of staring/attention is unbelievable.  There must not be many other races/cultures that visit this country.  The people yell things as we drive by and I cannot say that it is all negative, because some are happy to see us, especially the children.  I just wish I knew Portugese so we could converse with them and understand their indifference towards us.
     I used an outhouse for the first time.  No electricity, water, toilet paper, plumbing, simply just a place to sit.  The unfortunate thing is, this was the last of their worries at the Tsulala primary school that we visited.  The teachers are not being paid by the United Methodist Church as they should, funds are not making it into the teachers hands, and there are thieves breaking into the school and taking the little property that they have.  As a group, we decided to pool our meticalis together and make a donation directly to the principal of the school to either buy supplies or clear the financial records for students ( if they don't pay their $8 annual fee, you cannot access your academic record).  I couldn't believe how well behaved the children are.  When the teachers are not present, they still do their assignments quietly, unsupervised.  Most of the teaching is done outside since there are only 3 classrooms, but if it rains class is cancelled ( and it rains A LOT).  The scarcity of infrastructure is impacting the amount of education these children are exposed to.  The teachers here are amazing to keep chugging with these circumstances- limited pay, limited supplies, 7:470 teacher to student ratios, and long hours.  
      We have been completely spoiled at the guest house here.  Three lovely housekeepers have been cooking us three homemade meals a day, tidying the house, and making a warm environment.  I hope to watch some of them cook tomorrow to see if I can pick up any skills.  
     I'm honestly considering adopting an African baby.  They are SO cute wrapped to their mother's backs or playing with the other children.  I have not seen one baby cry yet, they all seem so content and laid back, and that is saying a lot considering that almost every woman here has a baby with her.  They must be doing something right in parenting that we are lacking in the US.  
     I'm extremely excited to travel to another city tomorrow, I'm hoping it will be a little more "tribal" than Maputo is.  Will journal again once we get there!