“The chance of helping women; I wasn’t planning on it, but the more I thought about it – the greater the opportunity.” said Natalie Hill, a local student who will be attending a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in mid-October.
“I’ve always wanted to do a missions trip.” Hill said. “I wasn’t planning on it but it will be well worth it.” Hill attends the University of Indianapolis where she is furthering her education in nursing to become a practitioner. This may be the “trip of a lifetime” to women like Hill, but for the university, this is an annual mission.
There will be four other classmates of Hill’s attending the trip along with 29 others. The group consists of professors, undergraduates, and staff from Hendricks Regional Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana. Two members of the staff are practiced midwives whom, along with the rest, will be divided into two smaller groups and sent to two locations in La Romana: the Good Samaritan Hospital and the bateys, which are sugar-cane villages.
The group will arrive in Santo Domingo at approximately 1:35 Saturday afternoon. Sunday morning they will attend church in the batey, and then travel to the Good Samaritan Church where they will plan their schedules of operations for the week. Monday, the first full-day of operations, the two groups will split; one will go to the hospital and the other will travel to they bateyes. The grip will follow this schedule until Friday when the group will travel to the beach for a day of rest before departing Saturday afternoon.
According to the group’s Facebook page: Uindy organizes this fall trip to provide care to women in the Dominican Republic who do not have access to care. Surgeons, advanced practice nurses, support staff and nursing students provide that care; covering their own costs.
“Their resources are limited, they sanitize their surgical equipment in boiling hot water, and their sanitation systems are considered primitive.” Hill said. The group will be delivering surgical clothes, and basic medicines such as Tylenol and Neosporin; travel sized hand-sanitizer and scrubs. Collections for the trip will be picked-up at Shawe Memorial high school Friday, September 30 at 12:00pm.