Last August on one of Light in Africa’s out-reach medical dispensaries into a rural area, our doctor and volunteers found a child who was being deliberately starved to death by his mother, - because she claims the witch-doctor told her to do so - Patrick was rushed to FAME hospital 5 hours away from where we live. The doctors gave little or no hope for Patrick’s recovery, commenting that this case was the worse they had ever witnessed in their medical professions..
Patrick came to live with me when he was discharged from hospital and after 6 months of TLC went to live in “Happy House” with all of our other pre-school children.
I now know why Patrick was thought to be undeserving of life. And that is because he is Profoundly Deaf. The only sounds that he can make are ‘guttural’ sounds. But what an absolutely amazing recovery Patrick has made over these last twelve months. When he first came into our care his eye contact was for a minimum of seconds, and now he can hold eye contact whilst we communicate with him. He runs and does not walk anywhere on his little legs which were so skeletal that he had no strength even to stand when he first arrived. When a guest visits ‘Happy House” Patrick will run and want to be picked by the guest and will wrap his arms around the neck and squeeze tightly as if to squeeze all the love out of them in a Big Hug!
Sadly no action was taken by any of the agencies who were all informed about the situation of this child.
Christina from Discover Adventure the UK based travel company shows her archery skills competing with the Kilimanjaro maasai when she guided along with Robert and 19 students plus Matt a teacher at St. Mary’s Grammer School from Solihull – UK on one of Torchbearers barbecue excursions to the crystal clear springs which is an oasis of tranquility and natural beauty. The students were able to witness the maasai ‘stick fighting’ as well as their traditional dance. Later, a visit to the maasai village was arranged where the students were able to experience more of the unique life-style of the maasai which has not changed in hundreds of years.
Abundant blessings – always.