Providing Care For the Children of Cambodia
Organized by: Kelsey Laursen
I am traveling with fellow Edgewood College students and faculty to Cambodia for two weeks in January of 2016 in order to provide health care to children by offering health teaching and nursing care at several orphanages in the surrounding area. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for orphans, abandoned children, disabled and the poor by providing basic needs such as food, clothing, medical attention, educational and job opportunities. The focus of the trip is to do screening and doing head-to-toe assessments on Cambodia's pediatric population, while also educating the children and members about health and wellness. Some things I may be assisting with while there are wound care, lice treatment, ear cleaning, dental/oral hygiene education, sex education, and safe eating/drinking education. In addition, we are individually expected to collect 100 hygiene packs to take to Cambodia, which includes a wash cloth, soap, shampoo, comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. I feel so incredibly blessed to have been given such an amazing opportunity to put both my passion of helping others and a way to further my nursing skills to use. In addition, I will be able to experience an entirely new culture and way of living that will stay with me forever. Any funds raised will not only be used towards travel and lodging expenses, but also for hygiene packs to give to the children along with medical supplies. Therefore, any donations, no matter how big or small, would be greatly appreciated.