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It is already February and we’ve been very busy. But, we haven’t forgotten our promise. Naphtaly has written this account of the Christmas festivities. Despite 14 children falling sick with malaria and chickenpox (and Beryl with also typhoid and Pennina … Continue reading
5 minutes ago I turned on the radio and Ben E King was singing “Stand by me”. My thoughts wandered off to Penina, one of our little girls who is currently in hospital having undergone surgery for an umbilical hernia. I wondered how she felt, alone, away from her Ket Wangi family with few able to visit as it is so expensive with taxis. She has been there since 22nd January. The words of the songs “No I won’t be afraid… just as long as you stand, stand by me” made me hope that she understood that, even if she has no mummy or daddy by her side, we are her family and are doing the best we can for her. At 4, it can’t be easy. Just like it wasn’t easy for the other 13 who were sick with malaria or chickenpox or both over Christmas. At least they are all home and now well. The panic over the bills and the need for mosquito nets, spraying and repairs to the windows to make malaria less prevalent was quickly overcome by the wonderful Fondation Eagle and we are immensely grateful. As you go about your business this week, please send a thought to Penina and stand by her too. If you would like to help us look after her and her friends, then a regular monthly donation, no matter the amount will help us immensely. Thank you. Annie
We would have like to end the year on a bang, but it is not to be, for many of the children at least. 4 children were taken to hospital before Christmas with malaria and 3 discharged 2 days later. Beryl, however, also had typhoid fever. Thankfully she came out yesterday. Today 4 more children were taken to the hospital. 3 with malaria and 1 with chicken pox. Now, as you know chicken pox is highly contagious and we expect that many of the children will become sick in the next couple of weeks, the most vulnerable being the HIV+ ones. We have a visitor on the ground at the moment who will be able to update us later this week. Read more.
1999, Brussels Airport, and the final “Madame Annie O’Connor please go to the boarding gate” call has just about got me out of a deep connection with my book. I was reading Long Walk to Freedom. I can’t be sure that Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela’s example came to move me into giving a little bit of my time to helping others when the time came, but I’d like to think it did, for what better example. RIP Madiba and thank you for the inspiration.
One of my favourite quotes from Mandela, “As we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same” reminds me of Emily Odera and Gloria Nkungu. Both these African ladies…………. Read more