I learned about Edna and her hospital from an excerpt of Half the Sky that I saw as part of a show at a museum in California. Edna’s message on the video resonated with me, particularly that the fetal and maternal mortality in Africa was so high. I’ve been doing ultrasound for 25+ years with extensive experience in OB GYN.
There is few times in your life that you can actually affect the outcome for generations by teaching. And this was one of them.
I initially emailed Edna and it took me three years following that email to create a meaningful amount of time to make the trip to Somaliland.
Turning thought into actions was inspired by Edna’s vision and commitment to saving lives, educating women, battle against FGM, improving the lives of those who cannot improve their own lives, sometimes by turning one stone at a time.
What I’ve learned since coming here is you must maximize what you have to work with. I always say: I’ve done so much for so long with so little that I am now qualified to do anything with nothing.
One piece of practical advice: Bring something for self-entertainment.