"Are you up?"
"Why wouldn’t she be? It’s 11:25 in the morning! Oh wait, its 11:25 AM where I am standing in Lubero, DRC. That means it’s 2:25 am in Colorado. Oh well, my text will likely go unanswered for a few hours.
“I am” comes back quickly. I wonder why, but assume it has something to do with one of our small children that generally precludes her from a restful nights sleep.
I then further intrude on her early morning and select the button to call. The whole process amazes me. I am standing in the corner of a small poorly lit exam room in a hospital built by the Belgians in 1925 in a remote village in the Virunga Mountains of eastern Congo and I have no trouble reaching my wife, a dentist, who is lying in bed in the middle of the night in Colorado. In a place with no running water and only rare electricity - generally by solar or generator - I have excellent cell service.
“Hey, I am seeing a 7 year old male with a broken and abscessed tooth. Do you think I should pull it?”
IV Stands in DRC - $15/each, 75 needed
Global Refuge has an opportunity to rehabilitate an unusable hospital in an area of active fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo. GRI needs 75 IV stands that will be valuable to treating patients.
$30 - Mattresses for the Kipese Hospital
Global Refuge has an opportunity to rehabilitate an unusable hospital in an area of active fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo. GRI needs 75 mattresses to help reopen an inpatient ward.
$1,700 -Imvepi Placenta Pit
The Imvepi clinic was built as a temporary clinic by Doctors Without Borders in 2017. Due to lack of proper disposal of placentas, the Imvepi clinic is unable to properly deliver babies. Once this pit is dug, we can open the doors for a busy delivery room!
$1,500 - Motorbike
Global Refuge DRC staff will use this motorbike to access patients in difficult areas where roads are impassable.