Can – Clinic in a, peeing in a


Mission of Hope recently acquired 55 acres of land from the government in Bercy, which is about 30 minutes north of their main campus.  On this land, they are planning to build a school, a medical clinic, a church, an orphanage, and a conference center – a planned community.  Just like Florida!

In the meantime, Mission of Hope is occasionally sending teams to the property to run mobile medical clinics.  People in the community hear that there will be a chance to see a doctor for free, and they flock to what is currently the only building on the property – a cinder block hut – to line up and wait.

Once their paperwork is completed and their vital signs have been taken, they’re sent across the rock lot to have their private appointment in this:

This is a Clinic in a Can – an air-conditioned, single-wide trailer with two consultation rooms and a pharmacy.  After they have been seen by the doctor, they head to the pharmacy to pick up any meds they may have been prescribed, as well as a goody bag filled with soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste, and – if you’re between the ages of 15 and 60 – 6 condoms.  Along with very explicit “how-to” instructions.

I mean, doesn’t it ever cross your mind?  Sometimes don’t you wonder who the lucky illustrator of contraceptive clip-art is?

As for me, I snuggled with this chunker for awhile.

I tested for Bieber Fever by singing “Baby” – and ALL THE KIDS SANG ALONG.

And finally, I peed in a bucket.

I did it just so I could say “I peed in a bucket” on my blog.  Feel free to congratulate me on my moxie.



  1. Greta on March 2, 2011 at 8:02 AM

    I bet you pee in a bucket as well as you parallel park too.

    I remember feeling a true, deep sense of accomplishment when I showered out of a bucket in Malawi. :)

    I got your present in the mail yesterday– LOVE it!! I’ve actually wanted one of those posters for a long time. Kelsey has one, and I always covet it when I visit her. :) The roomies are pumped about it too– we’ll hang it in our living room. You are so thoughtful!

    Miss you especially right now. Can’t wait to talk when you get back. All the time I love you all the time.

  2. Sarah Kate on March 2, 2011 at 12:23 PM

    At Siloam we had an illustrated poster of how to take your own poop sample. Complete with it’s own steamy pile. I would imagine the honor that goes with that job is similar to that of a contraceptive how-to drawer.
    I am SO proud of you for this adventure. Mission work is awesome.

  3. Allie on March 2, 2011 at 12:30 PM

    I thought squatting in China was hard, but a bucket seems even harder!

  4. Lyla on March 2, 2011 at 8:58 PM

    I LOVE that Clinic in a Can exists. That is SO cool. Thanks for providing the link to read about them.

  5. Carolina Linthead on March 2, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    You’re smiling! LOVE the Clinic in a Can, too. Congratulations on your moxie!

  6. JJ on March 3, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    I like to think that Greta’s comment and Sarah Kate’s comment are describing the same poster. Because that’s a steaming pile of FUNNY.

    So glad you’re doing what you’re doing!

  7. Miranda Warder on March 6, 2011 at 12:41 PM

    You’re wonderful and you’re beautiful.

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