Some of their initial concerns were:
- Patients were not getting adequate protein for efficient healing due to cost of services
- The burn unit was critically low on wound care supplies and medications
- Minimally systemized patient education program
- Infrequent therapy services were being delivered
- Patients return home to non-sterile environments which increases risk of infection
On their first mission trip together in September 2015 through Medical Missions Foundation, Carla and Amy decided to start organizing a Milk and Eggs program to provide protein to all of the patients in the LACOR burn unit. This program is still alive and well today and has been funded until now through private donations from Carla, Amy, and their family and friends. Fast forward 18 months, and this program has become the inspiration for the Gulu Project—broadening and expanding the services and access to essentials for adequate burn recovery to the people of Gulu and the surrounding areas.
Carla and Amy have been able to acquire a small parcel of land located about one mile from St Mary’s LACOR hospital, and their plans are to create an outpatient center and long-term care village for patients who can no longer stay at the hospital for financial and/or family issues.