Pandy Town residents had been very involved in the project even before the Waterman team arrived. They had cleared the land and cut away part of the mountain behind the clinic to get a lot big enough to build the clinic. “I was so impressed by the way the village people have helped with this project,” said Catherine Burke, a team member. “They have very little of this world’s goods, but they helped where they could. Each day people came by and thanked us. One lady brought us watermelon one day. Many helped on the construction site. We felt that they really appreciated us and what we were doing for their community.”
Many team members were involved in health education in two local elementary schools. Using puppet skits, stories, songs and short talks, the students were taught health and dental principles. The last day, each student was given their own hand puppet to teach others what they had learned in the classes. Part of the team also held a women’s health education class on prenatal care, breast cancer and self-exam, HIV/AIDS, and other topics.
“Our team was blessed to have the opportunity to help the people in Pandy Town and surrounding communities improve their health care,” says Ken Mattison, President of Florida Hospital Waterman and a team member. “We are continuing the healing ministry of Christ by leaving a gift that will continue to benefit their community for many years.”