Welcome to Explorers' Week here at OPOD. I am really looking forward to this week. You see, most of us choose to live life under rather normal and safe conditions. Explorers choose a different life, one filled with danger and adventure. I think many of us dream about a more adventuresome life, so we enjoy reading of the exploits of explorers.
Today's picture is of Frederick Albert Cook. He was one of the early Arctic Explorers. He was part of Robert Peary's 1891-1892 Arctic Expedition. He served as physician for the exploration party. He was also on the Belgian Arctic Expedition of 1897-1898.
Cook led an expedition in 1909, and got near the North Pole, but today it is generally believed that he did not reach it on that expedition.
As discussed above, there are always a few people that decide to make their lives an adventure and to not fall victim of the Rat Race, and simply spend their days slogging through the work week. As it turns out, my very own daughter, the lovely Miss EAM has decided to live life as an adventure. She recently completed her education for her nursing degree, and passed her RN board certification exam. Nursing is a great career field right now, and all her friends are finding high paying jobs in area hospitals. Miss EAM has decided, however, to use her nursing skills to serve the orphans of Africa. She has accepted an offer to become a nurse at the Mattaw Children's Village in the East African country of Kenya. Mattaw is a village that takes in orphans, and raises them. The goal of Mattaw is to raise a new generation of leaders for Africa. Miss EAM is presently preparing to move to Mattaw, and will embark on her journey in September.
Mattaw presently does not have a nurse, so she will become the primary health care professional for the village. While she is there, she will help them establish a small health care clinic. Presently Mattaw is unable to take in infants, as they do not have the facilities to nurse starving infants back to health. One of the primary goals of establishing a clinic will be to allow Mattaw to take in infants, and children in very poor health, and then to make them well and raise them.
As you can imagine, the orphans of Mattaw have no money or resources, so this is not a paying job. Also, Miss EAM must raise the money necessary for her to travel to Africa, and her living expenses while she is there. She intends on staying there for between six months and one year on this initial mission.
I wanted to share her plans with you, and make it possible for you to invest in her mission if you like. She needs to raise $5,000 for her airfare and living expenses while she is over there. She will not receive a salary, and all money directly goes to her work for Mattaw. She will be sharing her work with you through her WEB site www.kenyanurse.com and her Daily Blog. You will be able to track her progress as she prepares for her trip, and then once she is there you can receive daily updates, and watch the fruit of your investment in her work. You can use the button below to invest in this project.
(Click Donate below, after entering amount, you must click "Update Total")
Also, the video below gives more information on the Mattaw Children's Village.