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Libby Osgood - Mikinduri Children of Hope

Clinics have seen more than 6,400 patients - The following article is by Kathleen Mitchell and Nora Fleming Hi everyone! This blog is a joint effort between Kathleen Mitchell and Nora Fleming, we both worked in the medical clinic for the past two weeks so we’ve had pretty similar experiences. Kathleen was working as a nurse and I was working as the clinic supervisor, with the help of three other amazing Canadian nurses and our team leader, Kathy Murphy. Today we found out the clinics this year surpassed all the other clinics with the amount of patients we saw. In total we saw 6,464 patients! In dental we saw 1,500 patients, in vision we saw 2,000 patients, and in medical we saw 3,500 patients!!! Working in the clinics (especially medical) you see a lot of pretty heartbreaking stuff. Little old ladies with horrible elephantitis in their feet, children who are really sick and malnourished, people who have been disfigured from diseases and fires, and infected and painful wounds (to name a few). Despite all the pain and suffering the patients face, they are still so happy and friendly and incredibly grateful for the help that we can offer. All the patients arrive to the clinics in their best clothes, the men are in suits, the women are in beautiful dresses, and the children are in their favourite clothes (the young girls usually come in their princess dresses). It is really touching to see how content the patients are with how very little they have, and I think we have all found this experience…

Photo : Libby Osgood March 03, 2014

Victor Renfro - The World through Friends

Sports Illustrated Brags PEI Blue Fin Tuna - Among my keepsakes from Saint Dunstan’s and UPEI are various oddments like Saint Dunstan’s Red & White news clippings, a lobster trap, and my official university transcripts which are most odd – really very odd.   A copy of Sports Illustrated has been in my storage and regularly accounted for 43 years.  The SI article is deeply interesting and covers five pages (along with a picture of Islander Wesley Frazer, who was key in understanding and developing tuna fishing on PEI).   The importance of deep sea tuna fishing to PEI is understood with the knowledge that Sport Fishing magazine ranks bluefin tuna fishing as one of the top ten (of 100) sport fishing adventures in the world along with such famous company as marlin, tarpon, mako shark, mahi-mahi, swordfish, and sailfish.  And of course, this status as a sport fishing paradise brings the Island publicity and tourism.   Sport Fishing writes: “Only marlin, among all bony fishes, can rival the bluefin tuna as the oceans’ largest predators, and none can rival it in commercial value; large fish can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars on the Japanese market. The largest bluefin are found in summer and fall off Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, where food is abundant and where these endothermic (warm-blooded) giants are able to thrive in the frigid waters.”   Wesley Frazer caught an unknown (to him) type of fish in 1939.  Frazer was out in his skiff and saw “a huge shark, right in the lake.”  Frazer said: “The…

Photo : Victor Renfro August 21, 2013