Thursday, September 13, 2007

Every 3.6 seconds . . .

REAL. LIFE.
By Cornelia Seigneur

Every 3.6 seconds a child dies from hunger or other preventable illness. . .this and other sobering statistics were presented in a walk through museum, called the REAL. LIFE. Exhibit *cq* housed inside Medical Teams’ International headquarters in Tigard Oregon , which I had the chance for visit for a story I am writing for The Oregonian’s the SW Weekly (published Thursdays in Tigard, Sherwood, Tualatin). With Yo-Yo Ma playing Gabriel's Oboe *cq* in the background -- think the movie, The Mission -- I walked through the 10,000 square feet exhibit where I saw, heard, and even smelled some of what Medical Teams International workers have lived through helping millions around the world.
About 9000 visitors have walked through the multi-sensory, multi-media exhibit the past year it has been opened, and they are in need of volunteers to help guide school children and youth groups, among others, through the 14 vignettes. Some of what you see when visiting: a simulated Romanian orphanage with real baby cribs and a large screen video playing of Romanian children in orphanages; a life size hut where a displaced family of six from Uganda would live; a Mexican garbage dump where families live and work; and a refugee camp in Kosovo for those fleeing ethnic cleansing.
The last room is called the Resolution Room where you can make a decision to respond in one of four ways – pray, act, give, volunteer.
The exhibit is located at the Medical Teams International Headquarters, 14150 SW Milton Ct. in Tigard. The website has more information: www.medicalteams.org

Peace,

Cornelia

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2 comments:

bvanderzalm said...

Hi, Cornelia,

It was good to talk with you this week. Thanks for posting the info about our REAL. LIFE. exhibit on your blog. I'm looking forward to your story in the Oregonian as well. FYI, our new website is medicalteams.org

Blessings,
Bas Vanderzalm
President
Medical Teams International

Cornelia Becker Seigneur said...

Hi Bas - I have updated the website info for Medical Teams International and will place a bulletin. Thanks for catching that and my apologies.

Cornelia

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