The following is a contribution from Donna Davis- Rankin, a registered nurse who is volunteering with us.
“My experience in the DR has been both enlightening and humbling. The people fo the DR are proud, resilient and gracious. What they lack in material possessions is balanced with what they offer from the heart. There is a strong sense of family and community in each village. The phrase “It takes a village to raise a child” is very evident here as an infant or young child is often held and cared for by many. The older children demonstrate reverence and respect for elders.
During our clinics the wait time can be long. Our clients are patient, without complaints of how long they must wait to be seen. They are grateful for the attention and care we provide.
The children are outgoing and curious to learn anything we can offer. I held a baby today who was content to be in my arms. Looking at his beautiful brown eyes, all felt right with the world. I am exactly where I was meant to be.
It has been amazing to watch our student nurses blossom, a bit shy and uncertain. They are becoming self confident, learning much about themselves and much about the culture and daily living of the people in the DR. This experience promises to be life changing. As a seasoned nurse, I am humbled, learning from a new generation of nurses. I am humbled to show my knowledge and experience with them as well. I am proud to be supporting incredible young women who will one day be a part of this noble profession we call nursing.”
Donna Davis-Rankin, Registered Nurse, Volunteer