SCOTIA: Trip yields big lessons

"I was shocked to hear about how much work the young girls and adult women are expected to accomplish in a day's time," said Hohenstein.

Coombs said the trip taught him to better appreciate what he has.

"The trip was a strong reality check for me about pictures of people from Third World countries that you see in the media. In person, it is almost shocking," said Coombs.

Coombs said that he learned a lesson in how Americans take their health care accessibility for granted. He saw a car strike a young girl during his stay, and said the closest hospital was an hour and a half away, and the condition of the roads did not make for an easy journey. Coombs said earlier this year, he was in a similar situation after being struck by a car, but the difference in his situation was with just one phone call to 9-1-1, an ambulance, fire truck and police car arrived within minutes.

"It was a humbling experience for me," said Coombs of witnessing the accident.

Hohenstein said the highlight of the trip was when her group presented the children in Huitan with two laptop computers, courtesy of the Technology Surplus Store located in the Scotia-Glenville Industrial Park. Hohenstein said the computers were a very gracious gift that was so appreciated that she cannot put it into words.

"Their generous donation was so appreciated by the Huitan youths. They plan to learn computer skills that they can then teach to others," said Hohenstein.

Both Hohenstein and Coombs said they are planning to take another mission trip to continue their goodwill work. Coombs said he plans to join the Peace Corps after college because of the trip.""

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