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    Never underestimate the power of a fresh coat of paint

    Day 156

    From the Inside, Out

    Lots of important things happen on the inside of the Primary Health Center at Umpiem Mai – it serves as the health hub for the camp, a trusted source of treatment and healing. But the outside was a different story.

    “The Health Center hasn’t been painted in years,” said our friend Ajjima, ARC teammate who works hard to make improvements at the camp. “We could really use a new coat of paint.”

    The team at Umpiem Mai was inspired by what the Changemakers 365 crew had done in Nakivale Refugee Settlement in Uganda – how a simple coat of paint can mean at fresh outlook for patients, nurses, and camp residents alike. So with paint brushes and paint buckets in hand, they decided to do the same of the Health Center in their neck of the woods.

    As the walls were cleaned and fresh paint slowly added, it became clear to the community that real change was happening. Originally, the team had talked about just painting the front – but soon everyone started getting excited. Now, they wanted to paint the whole thing.

    People jumped in to help, grabbing a brush and getting to work. And soon, the work was done.

    “This is really important because the outside is the first thing people see,” said Ajjima. “It feels more professional. It looks good for the patients.”

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