WHAT ALL OF OUR CHILDREN LIKE REGARDLESS OF THEIR LIMITS, IS AFFECTION. AT A TOUCH, A HUG, A HAND HELD, OR A KISS ON THE CHEEK, AT ANY INDICATION THAT YOU VALUE THEM, RESPECT THEM, BELIEVE IN THEM…
THEY SHINE. ADAPTED FROM ODD THOMAS BY DEEN KOONTZ.
Hello dear readers, I would firstly like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who has emailed or placed condolences on our face book page after reading about the loss of Beatrice, one of our children who lived in our ‘special needs’ home for over eight years. Our staff and myself have been so touched by the comments you have made and that Beatrice has been remembered by so many who has visited our home and what has been remarked upon again and again is how with her smile and her ‘giggle’ she touched so many lives. Thank you dear friends for your support. How can we possibly continue to help these desperate – vulnerable children without knowing that you care and understand our daily needs and you offer these prayers for our children like a sweet ‘fragrant offering. Bless you all.
On most days living here in Tanzania it can be frustrating and a financial struggle to raise the 183 children in our full-time care, but even more so when it comes to medical care in this country. Instead of over the last sixteen years seeing improvements to medical care in local hospitals sadly to my mind it has deteriorated to new levels of poor patient care. As Light in Africa cares for 56 children carrying the HIV+ virus, the disabled child and the seriously malnourished, it has been ‘heart-wrenching’ for me to have to stand by and watch children die when I knew more could have been done to save the life of the child. For example, Beatrice was returned home after been given medication for a high fever. Some hours later in the early hours of the morning she was rushed back to hospital, the doctor on duty asks one of our staff members to go and search for drugs to treat her with as the hospital didn’t have the drugs required to save her life. Beatrice had died before the drugs was found. A hospital with no emergency drugs? I also remember the time that I was gardening and picked up a rock and was stung by a scorpion. The pain was excruciating but no big deal. I dashed to our local government hospital as my finger swelled quite badly. As I sat on a bench along with a long line of other patients waiting to see the doctor, it suddenly occurred to me ‘did the hospital pharmacy have any Piriton in stock which is the normal drug to use along with a couple of paracetamol to relieve the pain? I went along to the hospital pharmacy to ask the question “Do you have Piriton in stock”? “No” came back the reply. ‘Then I’m wasting my time sitting here’ and I left the hospital found a local pharmacy and purchased 5 tabs for 400 tz. (not even 50 cents of twelve pence) and a couple of hours later the finger was back to normal size. My point being if a hospital can’t stock the most basic of drugs why am I so surprised when emergency drugs aren’t available or stocked.
The Xmas sponsor presents for our children have now all been delivered and photos of the children wearing their sponsor gifts will be on their way to their sponsors along with a ‘thank you letter’. Special thanks to Gay and Lesley from Australia for their lovely gifts.
Two new disabled children have been brought in to our care. The first is a two year old cerebral palsy child who came from a maasai encampment a long way from where we are based. His story is that his mother abandoned him because the boy’s massai father wanted to take another wife. The father married his second wife who was just twelve years of age.. This new wife did not want the child of the first wife who was disabled in her boma (mud/stick round house) so she decided to place the child in with the goats in the goat pen and that is where his grandmother found the abandoned child. The second maasai child is four years of age and has been brought by her mother into our care as she fears for the child’s life. Reports are coming in for orphanages / children’s homes to be extra vigilant as witchdoctors are now taking the disabled child for sacrifice as according to their distorted way of thinking, ‘ A disabled child is ‘pure and without sin’ and will bring lots of money in for those who choose to dispose of them. When will these killers of children be brought to justice? First we had to endure the Albino situation and now this! Sorry, I am venting, but it just gives you a glimpse of our daily struggles and frustrations.
Here are some of our children who have just moved into their newly painted home and would love to have sponsor to write to them. May the light of God shine brightly in all your lives. Mama Lynn