Koica is the South Korean version of the Peace Corps. There is quite a group of them located in Mbale. We've gotten to know a few who attend our church here in town.
Recently Koica decided to start work in a local village (Kama) where one of our OPCU churches is. They go out about once a month to teach and bless the people (particularly the children) of the village. Last time they went, Katelyn and I decided to go and see what kind of things they were up to!
They began their time by teaching the kids how to wash their hands and gave each of them a chance to practice.
Then they distributed de-worming medicine to each of the children. If they took their medicine nicely, they received a bar of soap as a treat!
Then they did something really fun...a birthday party! Birthdays are rarely celebrated here, so this was a new experience for many of the kids.
They even brought cookie/cake pieces with Happy Birthday candles on top.
Then they selected a few kids to be birthday representatives. They got to wear a hat and help blow out the candles. This guy wasn't quite so sure.
But she thought it was hilarious!
After all of that, they offered a free wound clinic. Any children with wounds could come get them cleaned and bandaged. I thought this was a really neat idea! They used all local, easily accessible first aid products. So while they were treating the wounds, they were also teaching how to take care of the wounds...keeping them clean, using antibiotic cream, etc... A few kids came with larger problems. For example, one child had an ear that was discharging a foul smelling puss. These situations presented a good opportunity to explain that they needed more help and direct them there.
|Cleaning a wound on a foot|
|Examining a case of scabies|