Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 6: Visit to Adagya, and Fishing on the Lake

Today we went out to a very remote area today, a village called Adagya, and set up a static point clinic at another community maternity center.  Our team was me and Adusei, Charlotte, and a new Community Health Officer (CHO) named Naomi. And our driver, Moses, of course. We all met up at the base, loaded our bags, and headed…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 4: The First Day of Vaccinations

After a restless night trying to sleep (jet lag plus excitement), the alarm went off at 5:10 a.m.  I shaved, showered, put on my Mission Rabies t-shirt, scarfed down breakfast with the rest of the gang, were given our special phones with the Mission Rabies app, and then off we went, to the Health Center (our base camp) where all…

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Mission Rabies Ghana – Chapter 1: A New Mission

Last year, I had an amazing experience volunteering for Mission Rabies and participating in their vaccination drive in Goa.  I blogged extensively about it (start here), allowing me to joyfully relive the experience as I went through all my photos from the trip. Traveling has always been one of my pleasures in life, and being retired has afforded me even…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 14: Mission Accomplished, and Saying Goodbye

All good things eventually must come to an end, and that includes this incredible adventure.  The vaccinating and caring for the animals goes on all year, but these Mission Rabies volunteer projects are only two weeks long, and the last day had (all too quickly) arrived.   We gathered at the reception area in the morning as usual, and rolled out…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 13: Catching and Vaccinating the Dogs and Puppies

There are so many enjoyable aspects of the Mission Rabies Goa vaccination drive (Here’s their Facebook Page; give em a ‘like’).  I loved meeting and bonding with my fellow volunteers. Driving through Goa and walking the streets and alleys was fascinating.  Sampling Indian breakfast cuisine at the different roadside cafés was great. Meeting and chatting with the residents of Goa…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 11: Recharging our Batteries

The Mission Rabies vaccination drive is exhilarating, but it’s physically taxing work.  You wake up early and spend nearly the entire day chasing down dogs, in stifling heat and humidity.  Fortunately, the Mission Rabies folks provided us with the opportunity to recharge our batteries after the first week, by arranging a relaxing, meditation retreat for the volunteers.  On Saturday morning,…

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Mission Rabies Goa: Chapter 10 – The People of Goa

In my previous post, I described Goa as a city of crazy contrasts and contradictions, and that’s true. There is one thing, however, that remains consistent about Goa, and that is its residents: the kindest, friendliest, and most appreciative people I’ve ever had the honor of meeting.  Although I knew that the impetus behind Mission Rabies is to reduce the…

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Mission Rabies Goa – Chapter 9: The Scenery

The two weeks of this vaccination drive were amazing.  Goa had me totally mesmerized. Rather than blog about the trip chronologically, I’m going to highlight some of the most memorable aspects of the entire mission.  I thought I’d start with the scenery and natural beauty.  Goa is a state on the western coast of India. The Portuguese first landed there…

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