My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for MERCY TRIPS HEALTHCARE OUTREACH, Odessa, TX, USA
Mercy Trip provides health care and surgery to villagers in eastern Uganda. It works directly with Dr Patrick Mutono a Ugandan docter who has established a hospital in the village he grew up in. Patrick and his team also arrange medical clinics in surrounding villages in the region, usually at churches or schools. I am about to return in July for a fourth time. It is discouraging to see how little medical care there is for villagers but it is inspiring to see what impact each trip has had on the communities we have helped. This is strictly "starfish stuff". We are making a difference for individuals. However Dr. Mutono also has a development fund and is working to encourage economic development in the region which can eliminate the need for Mercy Trips in this place. Of course there will always be others places that need this service. I like the idea that while Mercy Trips is meeting immediate needs that we are also participating in a bigger plan of economic development. The problems of eastern Uganda are challenging but with enough groups like Mercy Trips and native Ugandans like Patrick things can really change for this region in the next twenty to thirty years. (Yes it is a slow process but worth being a part of.)
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