Project HOPE Volunteer Documentary Series #HOPEonFilm (Part 2)





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Published on Jun 13, 2012

Part 2 of the #HOPEonFilm documentary-short series tells the story of registered nurse and Project HOPE volunteer Joy Williams, whose humanitarian work with Project HOPE has taken her to Haiti, Ghana, Indonesia and elsewhere.

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"Insect repellents so we don't come back with malaria. The earplugs are very important at nights when you're on the ship. And we have a lot of snoring that does occur in there.

Scissors that I often use when I'm out in the field. Doing Sudoku is very relaxing. Sometimes it's not only me that's doing it. I'll be making copies for a lot of my co-workers and we sit there and see who can actually finish a Sudoku first. Magazines-Oprah of course. Take Oprah everywhere you go.

The hardest thing about being on the ship is the unsteadiness of the ship and getting kind of queasy and...it's difficult.

The Chariots of Fire theme song. Let's get out there-let's do it- let's go- let's run the race.

Laughs. I don't know if anyone can play me. I don't know. Regina King probably.
She's very excited about it. Every opportunity she has-"this is my daughter and she's a nurse," "this is my daughter-she goes on missions," "Where you going next?"

I've gone to Indonesia, Ghana, Liberia, Surinam, Guyana, Haiti.

I grew up in Jamaica. In the community that I grew up in there wasn't a lot of health care that was provided. I was with a lot of third-world countries. There were Peace Corps workers-all the school kids would line up and the workers would go along and give us our vaccinations. Whoever thought that at this point in my life that I would be actually going out and providing to other people what I received so many years ago?

Here in the U.S. we have so much available to us that sometimes we forget to be appreciative for what we have. When you go to these other countries and provide this care-they don't have the financial resources to pay for whatever they need. So there's one girl that I met on a mission in Bangladesh-she needed to have surgery for cleft lip and cleft palette. She didn't even want to go to school because she was afraid that she was going to be made fun of because her face was disfigured and for us to do the surgery and then show her picture afterwards of herself and she would just sit there and just look at the picture and just look at it as she was looking at somebody else and not herself. You could look in her eyes and you could see the satisfaction and the joy. That alone tells you all. And I said 'Wow, this is exciting. This is awesome. This is what it's all about.'

On the last night of my missions, to be honest, what I think about is, 'how can I figure out a way to stay longer?' These individuals don't have a way of getting this care if we did not provide it for them. When you hear them, or see them smile or hear them say "thanks," you know you're doing a lot and that's what keeps you going back and back and back. So I'm always thinking, 'Oh, maybe I could stay a little bit longer.'

My name is Joy Williams and I'm a Project HOPE volunteer."


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