A Field Trip to the Hospital – How Your Donations Are Spent
Do you remember your first trip to the doctor’s office? Do you remember how you felt? Were you anxious? Nervous? Even with Mom there?
XSProject’s kindergarten teacher, Miss Vicky arranged to have her class of 12 pre-schooler’s take a field trip to RSIA Lestari Women and Children’s Clinic and Hospital to see what going to the doctor was all about. To make things even more fun, she invited their mothers to go along, too.
But Miss Vicky had a secret plan. This was going to be the very first health check up for the little kids from the Cirendeu open garbage dump and she wanted it to be a fun experience.
As adults, many trash pickers will not go to a doctor no matter how sick they are because they are afraid.
RSIA Lestari has a special relationship with XSProject. Dr. Titi, who owns the hospital and her staff take care of the Cirendeu trash picker community and sends the bills, at a reduced rate, to XSProject.
When Miss Vicky arrived at Lestari with the children and mothers, they were greeted by Dr. Maya and her three assistants.
It was a lot of fun to get their height measured and getting weighed on the fancy scale! Then they got to sit on the big hospital bed to get their ears checked, stick out their tongues and say “AHHHH” and feel the cold stethoscope listening to their heart rates.
After all the excitement of the trip, and the attention of the nurses, it was time to have blood drawn and receive shots for Diphtheria, Pertissus, Tetanus, Hepatitis B and Hib (the leading cause of bacterial meningitis among children under 5).
Suddenly this field trip wasn’t so fun anymore, even with mom right by their sides. But they were brave and tried hard not to cry as they got pinched and stuck in both arms! On top of that, there was the humiliation of having to give the nurse a urine sample! Thank goodness that was the last thing Dr. Maya and the nurses asked them to do!
Before they left, Dr. Titi and her team of doctors gave the children nutritional snacks and milk.
Some of the children were sick and could not get their vaccinations. Dr. Maya sent medicine home with their mothers, with instructions on how to administer it. They would come back the following week.
On October 28, Miss Vicky took her class and the mothers back to Lestari to learn the results of the children’s tests. All of the children are underweight and have nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Maya wants to schedule x-rays for some of the children and other children have hookworm. Hookworm is caused by walking barefoot on contaminated soil (like a garbage dump) and causes abdominal pain, diarrhea, loss of appetite, weight loss, fatigue and anemia. The physical and cognitive growth of children can be affected.
Miss Vicky and XSProject instruct both children and adults to wear shoes. But in many cases, they have no shoes, just “flip flops”.
For $100, all 12 of these children received complete heath check-up, their mothers learned how to keep their children healthy and our great GlobalGiving donors get to see the results of their donations through these adorable pictures. XSProject is continually grateful for the wonderful GlobalGiving community. You are helping to save lives every day. Thank you.