Montego Bay: Children’s Home, Packing Food Baskets

Day 5:

Our last day of work started off with a trip to Garland Hall Children’s home. We arrived at 10:30am and realized our population there was very different from the other orphanage we visited a few days before. There were 22 kids, both girls and boys, ranging from the ages of 6 to 18. Marcela Sanchez (BSN ’16) and Elsa Stauder (BSN ’16) led a discussion about dental hygiene, complete with a quiz game where the children could win their own set of wind-up chattering teeth! The lesson was very well received by the children, and all were provided with their own toothbrush and tube of toothpaste at the end. Kate Yuhas (BSN ’16) followed up with discussion about healthy eating and Jessica Rutledge (BSN ’16) continued with a lesson on physical activity.

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The younger half of the kids went outside to play with a soccer ball and a frisbee that we brought with us and donated to the home. The older half of the kids stayed inside to learn about HIV, STIs and pregnancy prevention with Xueying Cao (BSN ’16) and Heather Balenger (BSN ’16). Reviewing the different ways to prevent pregnancies and reminding the kids to wait for the right time to become sexually active was helpful for the older kids. Jamie Li (BSN ’16) provided individual patient education to a child diagnosed with asthma.

While all the kids were upstairs with some of our team, other members of our group were downstairs screening the 5 adult staff members for BMI, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Most were in good health; however there was one lady whose blood glucose level was near 400. She and the rest of the staff were counseled by our team members to help identify ways to improve their health.

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With a final round of Christmas carols to finish our visit, our group said goodbye to our new friends and made our way to our next stop.

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We arrived to the New Testament Church of God to help pack food baskets for their community, many of whom we have built relationships with over the past few days. We filled bags full of flour that were going to be given away next week for Christmas.

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We said a final farewell to our friends from the church and returned back to the hotel to relax and finally enjoy some sun!

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