So proud to announce that our fundraiser for floating doctors was a success! Such a gorgeous night of food, wine, art, and music. The Old Place Restaurant is one of my favorite places in the world and the Cornell Winery next door hosted a perfect event for Floating Doctors. Money was raised, awareness grew, and many were inspired to find their own ways to give back.
A huge thank you to everyone involved!
A lot of you know I went down to Panama in August to document a good friend of mines non profit organization Floating Doctors.
I had an incredible, life changing, journey down there and am excited to continue to help them.
We’ve organized a really special event at The Old Place restaurant and Cornell Winery, on Wednesday October 15th
Dinner, drinks, music, a silent auction, and an exhibit of my work will be on display.
Let me know if you have any interest in attending, tickets are going to sell out fast, but I would so love to have you there if you can be.
These guys are the real deal, doing good work, and helping so many people. I promise you’ll feel good about the money spent, and it will absolutely be a night to remember.
RSVP to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re interested and I can get you all sorted!
Lots of love to you all.
Day 5: La Sabana Clinic continues
“The Ngobe are a simple people. Full of warmth, tenacity, and creativity, their days are spent in a manner that those of us who don’t call our selves Ngobe, can only dream of.
No deadlines, no work week, no rat race.
The examples that they live can only inspire us all to live a more heart-filled, conscience life.
This reason alone is why they deserve better. Not more, better.
Better access to preventative healthcare and a steady supply of clean water will allow communities like these to lift up from their struggles and show the rest of the busy world how to simplify their lives.
Thanks to Floating Doctors and Waves for Water that dream is turning onto a reality. On a recent trip Floating Doctors was able to provide care to over 167 patients. In between visits there was a Waves for Water demonstration which taught community elders and children, together, how to build, use and maintain their own water filtration system.
The question from the doctors; “how many glasses of water do you drink each day,” can now raise from 0-1, to 3-5. Thats a beautiful thing.
Simple preventive care will allow these people to continue living how we should all be living; Observed, Heart-filled, and Healthy. ”
– Weston Call, volunteer with Floating Doctors and Waves for Water Clean Water Courier www.floatingdoctors.com
Day 4: Waves for Water
We took a day long journey to the village of La Sabana and visited the indigenous tribe of the Ngobe people. An hour boat ride, 2 1/2 drive, and 4 hour hike into the mountains with pack horses, brought us to the most incredible place I’ve ever seen. Floating Doctors has been doing work with these people for about 2 years now and are some of the first people of any other nationality that this tribe has ever seen. They were reserved at first, but over time, have realized how solid and pure this organizations intentions are, that they are starting to welcome the medical attention with open arms. The community has no water filtration system. They have a funnel system that siphons water from the river and delivers it to the town in the most basic of ways. The people are nervous to drink from it knowing full well that it is not clean. We had doctors do a demonstration to describe the illnesses they are getting from the water and then immediately followed that up with a filtration demo provided by Waves for Water. People were blown away, and immediately wanted to know how they could get one. We left 2 in the village and taught the local president how to use it and share with the community until Floating Doctors visits them again. It was so great to see the enthusiasm and interest in getting clean water, that they didn’t even know they could have. The first person that came and asked for a glass of water was a father who immediately went and filled up his babies bottle. It brought tears to my eyes and a grin to my face, that I couldn’t wipe off for the rest of the trip.
Visit Waves for Water to learn how you can get involved and become a clean water courier www.wavesforwater.org
Day 3: The Road to La Sabana
Twenty plus volunteers took a 4 day journey into the villages of La Sabana, home to Panamas indigenous Ngobe tribe. We brought in medical supplies and a mobile healthcare unit for the week, in addition to clean water filtration systems and solar powered lights. An hour long boat ride, two hour long bus trip, followed by a 4 hour trek into the mountains, delivered us into this special land. Below are images from the hike and what it took for us to get there.
Day 2: The Asilo
The crew at Floating Doctors is doing some great work with the local nursing home in Bocas del Toro. I followed along with them for the afternoon, to meet some of the tenants, listen to heartwarming stories, and learn how they make an impact with their visits and follow ups. I could have taken portraits for days in this special place.
Day 1: Valle Escondido
Floating Doctors is a non profit that my dear friends from Topanga have started, to deliver healthcare to those who otherwise have no access to it. Their mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in healthcare delivery worldwide.
What they are doing is incredible, and what they need is so simple. I joined forces with them for the past week and documented their efforts, travels, and the beautiful smiles that they left in their wake. Below are some images from our first day in Valle Escondido, performing ultra sounds on patients and delivering medications to a remote island in Bocas del Toro. www.floatingdoctors.com