We could not have asked for a better Service and Leadership pilot trip. The team members were eager, willing to adapt to whatever was thrown their way and a diverse crowd of simply rad individuals. The people of the Gudo community were warm and welcoming and could not have been better hosts. It was moving to work alongside, at times, hundreds of community members all working towards one goal: to provide a much needed health care clinic.
In our limited time there, we helped accomplish more than has been done in 10 years. By the time we left, a brick and cement foundation had been put in place and the community had been galvanized — believing that access to primary health care would soon become a reality to many who have not had easy access for years.
Our time in Gudo was short but the impact has the potential to be great. The community continues to work diligently towards the completion of the facility with the resource that was provided by our participants and a foundation has been laid for what will be an incredible partnership between the Elias Fund and Gudo community for years to come.
In case you didn’t follow along, there were trip updates and post-trip reflections from trip participants posted up on EF’s blog. We highly encourage you to check those out as there are some wonderful thoughts from our awesome team members . . .and of course, if you’re interested in participating in a future trip, please let us know.