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Places I've Been


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Places I've Been


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Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines


JULY 2016

Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines


JULY 2016

"A collaboration between the ASE Foundation, the Philippine Society of Echocardiography (PSE), the Philippine Heart Association Bicol Chapter (PHA), and the U.S. Navy’s 2016 Pacific Partnership brought together a diverse team of clinicians for an education and training seminar in early July 2016. Our team met at the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) in Legazpi City, Albay, Philippines for two days of didactic lectures, hands-on training of echo techniques, and assessment of patients to identify congenital and rheumatic heart disease. Our aim was to work together and learn from each other’s experience while providing education and training in an underserved area of the world."

To learn more about this trip, see photos, and download lectures, visit http://www.asefoundation.org/philippines.

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Rwanda 2016


Rwanda 2016


Rwanda, Land of a Thousand Hills
written by Amy Mott

Rwanda is a beautiful country of rolling hills, mountains and grassy lowlands. In French, it has been named ‘Pays des Mille Collines’ meaning ‘Country of a Thousand Hills’. It is also a Land of Plenty, of Beautiful People and of Struggle beyond what most of us can only imagine. While compared in size to that of Maryland, it is home to 12.5 million people in which the per capita income is less than $2 a day.

You cannot speak of Rwanda without remembering the Genocide. 1994 this country saw more than one million if its people murdered in just one hundred days. These killings were calculated and brutal, neighbors turning on neighbors, even priests turning on their own parishes. If you want your heart to break visit the Kigali Memorial Center built for the Rwandan people to grieve and remember and yet find peace.

While in Rwanda we were moved by the people of this land; their work ethic, compassion and hope. We saw farmers whose only tools were shovels to plant their families’ crops, ladies walking miles to the market balancing baskets of avocados on their heads, tiny children carrying water jugs larger than themselves back home from the river, women sweeping the dangerous, winding roads with only a small broom stick made of grass. But on all of these faces, were smiles and in their eyes, pride. If you come to this land, you will leave changed. It may not show on the outside but inside you know what you are now capable of doing. And you know that while you may have missed your Starbucks on the corner or shopping at Target, you cannot expect yourself to keep doing ordinary things. You realize that no matter where you go there are lives that depend on you being able to share your skills and your heart’s passion on their behalf. 

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Khartoum, Sudan


JANUARY 2016

Khartoum, Sudan


JANUARY 2016

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St. Petersburg, Russia


SEPTEMBER 2015

St. Petersburg, Russia


SEPTEMBER 2015

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Hanoi, Vietnam


AUGUST 2015

Hanoi, Vietnam


AUGUST 2015