During their trip to Uganda in August of 2016 CCC volunteers worked with children from St Thomas Junior School. Letters from elementary students at St Patrick’s Day School were hand carried to students at the school. The Uganda students replied and their letters were brought back to the students at St Patrick’s. In addition, art supplies were donated to St Thomas school and the students used them to draw pictures which the team brought back. These pictures will be used to make note cards which will be sold and the profits used to benefit St Thomas Junior School.
A team of 9 Conejo Compassion Coalition volunteers traveled to Uganda in support of medical and educational projects sponsored by the organization. The team included a physician who was able to see patients as well as provide training to the staff of the CCC sponsored Professor Wamukota Memorial Medical Center including training on the newly acquired ultra sound equipment.
During the trip the Compassion Coalition sponsored a two-day free medical clinic. In order to handle the volume of clients expected, the medical center staff was augmented by staff from other clinics to assemble a team of 4 doctors, 6 clinical officers, 5 laboratory technicians, 2 anesthesiologists, 3 comprehensive nurses, a midwife, two nurses, and 2 Village Health team members.
The widely advertised clinic drew a large crowd from the surrounding community and a total of 537 clients were seen during the two-day event.
- 531 Clients were screened for a variety of diseases and ailments.
- 456 laboratory tests performed
- 237 Clients were screened for HIV/AIDS
- 7 Tested Positive
- 109 Clients were screened using ultrasound
- Most of the women screened had gynecological problems
- 18 surgeries were performed
- 15 Hernia
- 2 Hydrocelle
- 1 Limpoma
In February 2016 the Conejo Compassion Coalition CEO received a Lifetime Service Award signed by President Barack Obama. The award was presented by Charles and Karol Nangosia at the organization's 10th Anniversary Gala. The award was accompanied by a letter from the President which read in part:
"In my Inaugural Address I stated that we need a new era of responsibility- a recognition on the part of every American that we have duties to ourselves, our Nation and the world. These are duties that we do not grudgingly accept, but rather seize gladly, firm in the knowledge that there is nothing so satisfying to the spirit than giving our all to a difficult task. Your volunteer service demonstrates the kind of commitment to your community that moves America a step closer to its great promise."
...Thank you for your devotion to service and doing all you can to shape a better tomorrow for our great Nation.
Signed, Barack Obama