Our group spent this afternoon filling suitcases with medical supplies, dental care kits, second-hand clothing, and foam clown noses in a sunlit room at the Norwich Congregational Church.
In order to maximize the amount of supplies that we can take to the Dominican Republic, we each used our airline baggage allowance to pack the biggest suitcase possible with much-needed items, and will limit our clothing and personal items to what we can fit in our carry-on luggage.
After several months of emails and phone conversations, the group that will go to Cotui, Dominican Republic in March as part of Rita Severinghaus’ DR Projects program finally gathered in person.
It was not a gathering of strangers; all of us work at Dartmouth-Hitchcock or Dartmouth (or recently worked at D-H, in Raeann’s case). And we had a lot to talk about: hotel arrangements in Boston, malaria medication options, the arm-stinging pain of Hepatitis A shots, how good it will feel to wear a T-shirt in the Caribbean after a New England winter. Continue reading →