Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Woman Reports on Tsunami Relief; She Is Leading Volunteer Nurses on Indonesia Trip

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Jacksonville Woman Reports on Tsunami Relief; She Is Leading Volunteer Nurses on Indonesia Trip

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Jacksonville's Charlotte Esarey, a 47-year-old real estate agent, mother and retired Navy nurse, left Saturday for a three-month trip to Indonesia to help the tsunami-torn villages.

Indonesia alone suffered at least 100,000 deaths. Esarey, who was featured in a Jan. 22 Times-Union story, is leading rotating teams of volunteer nurses and construction specialists to remote villages whose medical clinics were damaged or destroyed.

Esarey has agreed to let the Times-Union report her e-mailed updates to her husband back home. Here's her first installment:

Sent: Monday, Feb. 7, 7:32 a.m.

Subject: First report from Charlotte

I'm sitting on the floor in a cafe in Medan, Indonesia. The cafe is a run-down concrete building that should have been torn down 20 years ago.

It's about 5 p.m., 120 degrees, no AC, my kind of place. I love you, my love, I wish you could be here to share this with me.

Well, as normal, God has put me right where I was needed. …

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