So I’m working on some non-profit stuff while watching Taken (you know…that action flick that exemplifies every parent’s worst nightmare) and I’m a the part where Liam’s character finds his daughter’s jacket at a makeshift whore house and rescues one of the girls.
He checks into a hotel room with the girl and uses a coat hanger, a light fixture, and a bag of IV fluids to nurse the drugged sex slave back to health.
When I was in the Central African Republic a few months ago, we had to have someone stand on a chair with his arms in the air -in 85 degree weather with 85% humidity, mind you - in order for fluids to flow from the IV bag, through the tube, and into the patient.
Looks like I’ll be packing some wire hangers in my check-in when I go back in 2014.
You know…all MacGyver and stuff.
I wanted to post the full photobook as a slideshow on this blog but it’s a huge file and I don’t think my current theme supports a slide show photo view option. So sorry for sending you off to link where you have to download it. Click on the post title for the link.
It has been a debate for me whether or not to make the photos available for my readers. I desperately want to share my story and trying to put that experience in a blog post was impossible. A deck might have been better suited to effectively curate my experience but instead I opted for a photo book as I already had to make one to send to specific donors.
Yes, the PDF is heavily watermarked. The point is so that the non-profit I traveled with, African Christian Fellowship Los Angeles, can keep the integrity of the footage taken for upcoming and future promotion and fundraising efforts. Basically, we don’t want the photos showing up on Google search.
I hope the photo book will give you a snapshot of what we did in Bangui, CAR.
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I’m going back in 2014 and am actively recruiting for more volunteers!