I find myself back in Texas after a whirlwind trip to the northeast. B. and I got to visit my parents, but we happily reunited with M. and our two younger boys by the time Easter rolled around. Seems like there were a lot of planes breaking down on both of our trips. We actually ended up leaving a day late, and from a different city. Likely there hasn't been some sudden change in the durability of planes, but news of Southwest flying some planes after inspection lapses has changed the airlines' sensitivity.
I want to share with you an organization that is attempting make some changes to shore up the Iraqi health care infrastructure. It is a non-governmental organization of private US citizens called Severus Worldwide. They have been kind enough to call on my experience to be an advisor from time to time.
Here is a communique from VP John Waltz, a retired military man himself:
"I wanted to share an important milestone in our operations at Severus Worldwide. After a lot of hard work and effort, we have officially "adopted" our first clinic, which is the Maternity and Child Teaching Hospital in Al-Qadisiya/Al-Diwaniya."
The clinic in Al-Qadisiya is close to my heart because I know the pediatric surgeon there. With limited resources, he does amazing work for children and has remained in his country in spite of personal risk and hardship for his family. If you wish to help Severus Worldwide, you can get information on their website or contact Mr. John Waltz :