Catherine’s Service Day Reflection

This year for service day, part of the senior class worked with an organization called Afya to sort donated medical supplies. Afya takes the donated supplies and creates customized packages that are sent to medical centers worldwide. Of course, it was inspiring to see just how much Afya helps communities and hospitals in need, but I particularly appreciated both how Afya prevented supplies from going to waste and how they only sent supplies according to individual hospitals’ need. I often feel like aid organizations just send whatever they can in the largest quantities possible, which, though still helpful, leads to desperately needed supplies going to waste. I thought that Afya’s approach of asking each hospital what it needs and then giving it exactly that was a way of ensuring that the donated supplies benefit the hospitals as much as possible. I also liked that the personalization of each Afya shipment reinforced that each country, hospital, and doctor is different and that they should not be thought of as one large group of identically under-equipped people. When I was at Afya and was helping to sort supplies, it seemed like we were sending help to people rather than just sending help. I hope I have a chance to work with Afya in the future, and I’m so glad I got to learn about the organization!


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