One of the ladies who received
the transport money to the ARV clinic is Mma Rich. She is openly living
with HIV and is a member of Ntwakgolo Support Group. Jon recently
sent me some glossy 6x8 photos of villagers and professionals that he
had taken when he was in Nata. I’ve had a wonderful time passing
these photos out in the village. When Mma Rich saw her photo,
she was overjoyed. She actually got up and did a dance.
I learned that the photo she received from Jon is her first family photo.
Nice job Jon!
This villager has the entrepreneurial
spirit and has recently set up a small area to sell candy, chips, and
vegetables outside the gates of the clinic. Her name is Nkakanyang which
means “remember me” in English. It’s nice for the kids to
be able to get a piece of candy after having a day at the clinic.
Some kids just hate getting weighed and this one screamed his little lungs out. After the ordeal is over, let’s hope this little guy gets a treat from Nkakanyang’s stand.
This mom has better luck with
Stibi is a Family Welfare Educator and she uses this time to remind the parents to boil the water used for the formula and gives basic primary health care information. She charts the weight of the baby on the health card and makes referrals as necessary.
Mechanics from Tutume (our
sub-district that is 120 miles away) are here today repairing one of
our vehicles. Transport seems to be the over riding ever present
problem for us here in Nata. But, thanks to donations from this
website, two women who are members of Ntwakgolo both received P20 (about
U.S. $4) for the round trip fare to the ARV clinic in Gweta. They
were so happy. I told them because of their courage to tell their
stories (they will be featured in later posts) and to live openly with
AIDS, people were willing to help them. You cannot imagine the
difference just four bucks makes.
Birds in the wetland areas near Nata.