Sunday, July 17, 2011

Explorers' Week


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.

DOMESTIC UPDATE:

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.





17 comments:

  1. I don't know what to tell you. I have tried 3 times to make a donation, but it keeps kicking it out saying I need to enter a amount other than 0. I go in and start all over again and it kicks it out again.
    What am I doing wrong?

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  2. Roger,

    When you enter the amount, you then need to click "Update Total" . . . then it will go through.

    Thanks!
    PJM

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  3. OK thanks, got it doen right.

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  4. Wow, Roger, thank you for your generosity. You will get a personal email thanks from the lovely Miss EAM, but let ME thank you for supporting her work!
    PJM

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  5. Donation made. What a noble undertaking. Gives you hope that the whole world really isn't going to #$%^ and also renewed hope that the future really is in good hands. Bravo Miss EAM!

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  6. That is so little compared to what Elizabeth is giving to the world.
    I hope that she comes through this without any mishaps.
    My best wishes go with her.

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  7. By the way, congratulations on going over 2200 registered followers.

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  8. crazygravy,
    Thank you so much for your generocity.

    I must say I was somewhat frightened when she told me what she was going to do, but you have to admire her for taking the path less traveled.

    Thanks!
    PJM

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  9. Looking forward to Explorers Week! After isolation,then schizo diagnosis I tended to just drop everything and go! Having no relationship contacts and other anchors weighing me down,It was easy to just GO! The IDEA that it would be somewhat "Nicer" on the other side of the fence gives one a strong urge to get lightfooted? The up side? You are left with some memories that others just will never have available to them!Thank you.

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  10. When I first saw the donate link my first thought was I really can't afford to donate but after reading about this young girl's ambitions my thoughts were, Little as it may be, I can't afford not to donate. That was based on seeing the number of followers and if each donate three dollars her expense would be covered.
    I enjoy the picture of the day and the education it brings at no cost to me but worth a lot in the entertainment it brings.
    So, a small donation will be made.

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  11. PJM, What a beautiful young woman your daughter has become. What a great adventure she will have spreading God's Word and her nursing skills in Africa. My contribution was small, but I hope it helps her. May God bless her on her misson!

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  12. LindaBSend,
    Thank you for the kind words and your generosity. Miss EAM was speaking at a church in a neighboring city this morning describing her work. She will be so thrilled when she returns to see all the generous investments that have been made from visitors of OPOD. She will be sending individual "thank yous" when she gets back.
    Thanks,
    PJM

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  13. What a cool adventure. She'll have memories to last a lifetime.

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  14. How absolutely wonderful. You must be so proud. Good job raising such a kind hearted girl!

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  15. Count me in! But - where's the Mean Old Man, complaining about how today's kids are just no good?

    I know you and Mrs. PJM are VERY proud of your daughter, and so is all of her "proxy" family!

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  16. I may be (no, definitely am) a grouchy old Luddite...I would like to donate for the Miss EAM fund, but is there any address to which I could just send a check? The old fashioned way?
    Thank you in advance for any advice on this matter, and thanks again for your site.

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  17. VirgilS,
    Certainly . . .

    Elizabeth McWhorter
    Box 371
    Christoval, TX 76935

    Many thanks,
    PJM

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