This was a great trip to the headwaters of the Amazon. It was true jungle here. I did not catch a fish but did gather a few mosquito bites. They still itch. Susan is the fisherperson of the family. We had a great time and every thing was well organized. We never felt we were in danger. The Ecuadorian CAF people were absolutely wonderful. Worked hard and accepted the US volunteers with open arms. A lot of great work was done.
Hello everyone, We were able to make the flight very well yesterday and are back in Quito today. We fly home tomorrow and will arrive in Bountiful at 11:30 that night. We have a hectic schedule leaving Quito at 6:30, to Bogota, to Miami, to Minneapolis, to SLC. We will be sitting in the air a lot! It was nice to relax a little last night. We went to Crepes and Waffles and had the most wonderful crepes with chicken, aspergas and mushrooms. They also have fabulous desserts. I’m not sure what we are doing today. I am freezing now. We have been so hot and now we are at 60 degrees.
Hello everyone, We are still back in the jungle but we have finished our work here and will be flying back to Quito this afternoon. We had a very long day yesterday. The doctors served 155 people and the dentists 121. I worked with the floride treatments for the children and we completed 95. We could have done more but we ran out of toothbrushes. The parents were so anxious for their children to learn and complete the process. We had 6 US volunteers with us and 3 were Spanish speakers. They were wonderful. We had a big dinner celebration at noon. All the dignitaries from the villages and PetroEcuador were there to thank us for coming. We had tolapia rapped in banana leaves. It was delicious. It was back to work afterward. We then had to break down the equipment and facilities we had brought. At 6 we went off into the jungle further to deliver a incubator to a little village health facility. We were there for a while so our doctors could instruct them in its use. We were not far from a beautiful lake so we walked down there. There were old hewn out wooden canoes. The place was so neat with all the night sounds of the jungle. The birds and the fireflies made it amazing. It took an hour to get back and then we had to load up the equipment and supplies in the truck for the trip home. We were SOOOO tired last night.
There are oil wells and pipelines everywhere. Along the side of the road you see at least 2 or three and many times as many as 10. Some are 4 or 5 inches in diameter but some are as big as at least 12 inches. They are still drilling in many places. In the mornings there are at least 12 big oil tanker trucks being filled and sent out. It looks like the places there at North Salt Lake except lots more of the huge storage tanks.
We catch the flight back this afternoon. What a great experience….but I´ll be ready for a nap when I get back.
Got to go.
Just writing to you to forward to the others. We had a busy day. 136 for the dentists. 181 for the doctors. They wrote 161 prescriptions. We gave out 80 mosquito nets and did 36 fluoride treatments to kids. I was so tired when I got home I slept for an hour. It is so hot that Gordon was dripping with sweat. We are always wet but it isn’t as bad as I thought. We work with a great crew. We are in the middle of a huge oil refinery. Also there is a huge pal moil plantation here. We think of you and hope all is well.
Hello Everyone, It has been a big day. We flew in the jet just 30 minutes over the Andes Mts into the jungle. Yes it is quite warm and humid. The flight was so interesting as we flew over the miles and miles of trees and saw the big rivers cut through the land. The city here is larger than I thought. It is very poor but big. All associated with the PetraEcuador. Huge big refinery here. We counted 12 huge tankers lined´up to leave in the morning. Its amazing. Our accomodations are less than I expected but still comfortable…air conditioned and we can get some American TV. We have a group of 25 who are here with CAF. They are great people. There are 6 students who are here from the US. Tomorrow will be the real test. I will be helping Maria with the floride. Thank you all for your prayers.
Saturday we met with a group who volunteer each Christmas to go to Mexico. It was fun to see their excitement as they planned for this year. Today we spent in Orem area. Today we picked up about 8 slabs of granite and some tile from a renovation. We plan to sell them in Mexico. We are trying to get things in place for the LDS Dental Convention this next weekend. We always have a display and get some good contacts. There is a pre-dental group from UVU that will be there to help us.
WE have a group going to Guatemala this sunday and they need the following items.
1. Tether balls 2. musical instruments 3. electric sewing machines 4. cake decorating kits 5. single bed sheets and blankets 6. small white shirts for young boys 7. small black shoes
Can you help lead us to these items.
BE GOOD AND DO GOOD.
Gordon Carter Charity Anywhere Foundation 1246 Cassidy Circle Bountiful Ut, 84010 208-404-6304 United States Website http://www.charityanywhere.org Ecuadorian website http://www.charityanywhere.org.ec
Susan and I plan to fly to Quito, Ecuador on Aug. 20 and return Aug. 22. We are inviting any of the counsel to join us. We can get airfare for under $900. We will be going to Shushufindi to donate medical and dental equipment to our clinic there. Shell Oil will be flying us from Quito. I hope you can come along. Guaranteed to swim with perrhona and no bites.
I was out last week doing some shopping for Charity Anywhere Foundation. During my search for a Home Depot, I pull over to the side of the road and ask this young man for directions to the nearest Home Depot. He was very nervous and I could tell he was mentally challenged. He told me where the nearest Home Depot was but then asked for $5’s. His friends had brought him to this local town and left him. He had no way to get back home since he had no money and the trolley cost $5. He was also hungry. I could tell he was very distressed and upset that his friends would do that to him. I reached in my pocket and out came a $10 bill. I gave it to him.
I then went to Home Depot and was looking for a plastic tote box to ship to Ecuador. I was having a challenge on finding the right box. A lady came up and asked if she could help me. I explained what I needed and took me to the very spot where there were many boxes. I explained that I needed the box to be padlocked when shipping. She asked me what I was using it for. I told her that it would carry medical and dental equipment and supplies for our charity work in Ecuador. She proceeded to tell me she was the manager and I could have the tote box for free since it was for charity. What are the chances that the store manager would come up to you to help you find an item. Yes, you guessed it, it cost $11.00. My $10 bill to the stranger was quickly recovered.
BE GOOD AND DO GOOD. Gordon Carter
One Evening we were at a family dance party. I decided to hold a young child so the dancers would not ask me to dance. The young child sat quietly on my lap and watched the dancers. A little later I noticed that this young child was lightly rubbing my arm with her very black hand. She was trying to figure out how my arm was so white. Then a little later she started pulling the hair on my arm. It hurt. None of the black people have hair on their arms. She was trying to figure what those small white things were that were coming out of my white skin. It was a fun experience to see this young girl educate herself on a big old white mans lap.
One of our volunteers at the orphanage became attached to one of the young boys, 11 years old. He had fled his country and was found wandering on the streets of Dakar. He was attending the classes we were holding for the other boys. On the 3rd day at the orphanage our volunteer noticed he was gone. The other boys explained to her that his father from the other country came and got him. He cried when he saw his father. He did not want to go back. His father had placed him in an Islamic school. Very strict and they only studied and memorized the Koran. In the afternoons the boys would be sent out with a bowl on the streets to beg. This is what the Iman expected of each student. If they did not return with the correct amount of money then the boys were beaten by the head master. We could all understand why the boy did not want to go back with his father. He was fed, safe and taught at the orphanage.
BE GOOD AND DO GOOD.