This summer A.D.R.O.P. had the pleasure of hosting two interns from the VietLead RICE (Real Internship for Community Engagement) Program. Mishelley Low and Angel Mawardy spent a significant part of their summer working primarily for the Unity Clinic but also for A.D.R.O.P.’s other ministries. We’re so grateful for their hard work and dedication.
Here’s a reflection from their experience:
Through the program VietLead RICE, we were given an opportunity to work at A.D.R.O.P. As a part of the internship, we were assigned prompts to write in our weekly blog and present our experience as well as how it ties with the issues that are occurring within our community. One of the issues that were mentioned was the lack of access to services, meaning that people, often within the Indonesian community, with low income or an unclear status of immigration do not have access to health services, education, and many more. That’s where A.D.R.O.P.’s role comes in.
Part of the work that we’ve done is preparing the “behind the scenes” of the Unity Clinic. This includes creating a more convenient work space for the doctors and nurses to do their jobs, making sure that patients’ information are updated in the data, and recording temperatures of the immunization refrigerator. We also ensure that the community is aware of the clinic and other services by creating and translating nutritional flyers for the patients in the Unity Clinic, as well as a beginner computer class for Indonesian and English speakers that we recently started. As a result, part of the Indonesian community in Philadelphia are getting the access to healthcare and resources that they need.
We’re so thankful to be able to have this opportunity and to be involved in part of a change in the community especially as Indo-Americans ourselves.