It is busy. And it is hot. Only a few drops of rain on Tuesday, February 3. For the rest temperatures rise to around 35 degrees Celsius in the shade and in the house. It is dry season and there is lots of dust in the air. Some meningitis cases have been admitted to the hospital.
Laura and Caroline keep me busy, besides my work for the AIDS Program.
Laura is filming and editing for the AIDS Program. It will be a kind of documentary about the AIDS Awareness Program and show how it started, how it developed into what it is now and how we see the future. Very interesting. We have most of the clips now and will continue editing tomorrow. Laura needs translation because the film is in French. She is also working with Beba, who speaks a bit of English. He once came to ask if he could learn from Laura, and this we accepted with both hands.
Caroline is a medical doctor and she started to follow the work at the hospital last week. Sometimes it is hard on her, especially when she lacks all the facilities that are available in the UK (where she’s from). Sometimes she experiences new things. Like last week when we were helping at the prenatal clinic and a woman who was full term had come for her prenatal checkups. Her water broke though, but there was no progress. Finally it ended up to be a C-section with the birth of a healthy baby boy, whom we called Aimé after the doctor who had done the intervention.
People around here appreciate the presence of the two short termers and we have regular visitors. Like Papa Zebulona, a former teacher, but though retreated, he is still teaching the Sunday school children. He asked for a photo together with us, and we gladly agreed.
Also Badaru came. She is a volunteer in the AIDS program and she is living with HIV. Together with her I am preparing a workshop for church leaders. She often has good ideas and we discuss a lot of things.
While discussing and using materials from the Channels of Hope training that I attended in South Africa in 2013, we came up with a wild idea. As Badaru speaks both French and English and as it is difficult to find facilitators who can teach in French, we decided that it is a great idea to send Badaru to the training, either this year or next year (of course preferably this year). However, we don’t have the money for her going. Also she doesn’t have a passport. We have been calculating the total costs (passport, trip, training) to be around $3,000 in total and we will need to find financial support for our dream to become reality. When she has attended this facilitator’s training, she can help me facilitating workshops using the Channels of Hope materials. Even a bigger dream, it would be great if one of our doctors (maybe Dr. Aimé, who is the focal point for the treatment and care program for PLWHA), could go together with her.
Prayer and praise
- Praise for Laura and Caroline, the fun we have and the fellowship together;
- Pray for their work, French lessons and their contacts;
- Praise for the collaboration with Badaru, that we can work together in preparing the training for the church leaders;
- Pray for our plans to work out and wisdom where to ask money for Badaru to be able to go for the ‘Channels of Hope’ training in South Africa.