e mërkurë, 29 gusht 2007

Pictures of Sudan Uploaded by My Mom

Visiting Missionary Team

Our little baby, Mercy

This is a meat market and this is why we don't eat much meat at the orphanage.

Typical village in the bush

Suturing a lip in our clinic

The booming town of Yei

e enjte, 23 gusht 2007

From the mouths of Babes...

The kids here are like sponges; they soak up everything you give them—words, hugs, attention. They make me smile everyday. At night, if one has a tummy ache, they all have tummy aches. If one has a wound that needs a plaster (band-aid), they all search their arms and legs for somewhere to put a plaster.

We have a girl named Cecilia and I can’t help but sing “Cecilia, you’re breakin’ my heart, you’re shakin’ my confidence, baby” (Paul Simon?). Yesterday, she came in the clinic for a plaster. Behind her were 12 curious boys and girls. I started singing her song as I bandaged her finger. The boys and girls just giggled. About an hour later, I was walking out of the clinic and those same 12 boys and girls were sitting under a tree singing “Charity, you’re breakin’ my heart…. Sunday, you’re breakin’ my heart….Estella, you’re breakin’ my heart….Aaron, you’re breakin’ my heart….”.

It was REALLY cute—and a reminder to never say anything to a child that you wouldn’t want repeated….

e enjte, 16 gusht 2007

Silly Kawaaja

Every night before bed, I do one last round in the dorms. Because malaria symptoms tend to have their onset at night, many children begin feeling sick around bedtime. During nightly rounds I walk through each of the four dorms and make sure no one is getting sick. I touch foreheads and ask everyone if they are ok. Generally, I have complaints of tummy aches, headaches or coughs. Because the housemothers don’t speak English, I’ve been asking them “Ana kwes?”. I thought that meant “are you good?”. I learned today that for the past 5 days I’ve been walking through the dorms saying “I am good?”.

No wonder the housemothers always say “ay” (yes) with a smirk…

I have arrived!

I arrived in Yei, Sudan a week and a half ago. The days here are long and busy, but life is much simpler- no fuss over what to wear, no sitting in traffic, no processed foods, no polluted air. And, though I’ve been busy, life has been rather peaceful. It’s rainy season here, so everything is lush and green and absolutely beautiful.

My days have been spent in a variety of ways. I traveled over with a team of 8, and so I’ve split my time between them and the clinic. Luckily there are two other nurses here presently (though, they will be leaving in September and October), so I’ve been able to explore a bit.

My team left today, so that was a sad goodbye. It is my day off, so after taking them to the airstrip, Christina (other missionary) and I went to town and had chips and soda for lunch. It was a good American meal, although the ketchup here is more like tomato jelly…

Anyway, I will leave you for now, but will update more pictures and maybe a video when I get the chance.

e shtunë, 4 gusht 2007

More Goodbyes

Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family. ~Anthony Brandt