ADZU SOM students; doctors for the people, doctors molded by God. Eight student doctors, one community, one heart,one goal, and one with the people. WE ARE FROM MOLOS FAMILY!
On the second week of April we started our house to house survey together with the barangay officials assigned to their designated purok. This activity was our time to witness and experience the life of the people for a moment. Our first day was filled with excitement, we woke up at 5am and started walking at 6am. But as we walked through rough roads, to rivers, to cliffs, forest we all silently wondered how far we have to go still as we walked under the heat of the sun. Some of us were full of energy but then as we progresses with our work little by little we got quieter. All of us were tired and no one wanted to talk anymore for we don't have that much energy. We reserved it for our walking battle. But the greatest achievement we all had were the relationships we built with the people we met as we conducted the survey. They welcomed us into their homes smiling and sent us off with gratitude and concern for the long walk back to our house. We would also get offered food and buko juice before they let us go our way and more often than not we went home bringing all sorts of fruits. So although it was a tiring experience, all our efforts, time, sweat, muscle aches were all worth it.
Our survey lasted for a week from 6am to 8pm just to get the chance to interview each household. We savor the moments that we had while we were yet able to. Every night we share our difficulties interviewing people using Bisiya words and laugh about it. Instead of "ma'am gakaon mo ug utan?" (Ma'am do you eat vegetables?) one of us said "ma'am gakaon mo ug butan?". We treasure the bond that we built within our group as we did our house to house survey. And we were so blessed as student doctors that we got to encounter different people of different ages and life experiences. It was a great transition of our lives. We are thankful for the school for their vision to reach people and the community to raise their selves in matter of health care. Though we had different perspective, different difficulties, different approach of building relationship at the end of the day the victory was ours.