Part of my team is back in the States, and the other part is still in Kenya working with Project Africa and supervising the creation and distribution of the mosquito nets we got through one of our grants.
What a fulfilling and amazing experience! It has not been easy though, and there have been times when the work and the conditions have been overwhelming but also WONDERFUL!
This is just the beginning of an incredibly beautiful collaboration of these three forces of the World Pulse, Project Africa, and my University. The summer health camps have been fabulous and the women were eager to learn and put their new knowledge into practice. The mobile clinic and the Nikumbuke health post are working great and nurse Josephine has not even time for lunch. The same day of launching the health post, there was a line of women waiting outside at the door to be seen by Josephine.
Now, the most difficult part has come: to raise money to keep purchasing the necessary medications. The time has come to start writing letters to pharmaceutical companies and foundations. The women in Godo, Perani, and Lunga Lunga, as ALL women around the world, deserve the BEST and now we have to work hard to provide that best.
Above is a picture of my dearest Rafiki Mariamu with me (left), and her daughter Peninah (right) with her Rafiki Sophia who happens to be my daughter :)
I’ll write more soon. I have thousands of photos, videos, and lots and lots of documents written to sum up our work with Project Africa, and all about the organization of the health camps in the three communities, and the creation of the clinics.
With much love to all of you PulseWire sisters. Ara
Left Picture: women waiting in a line to be seen by nurse Josephine just a few minutes after launching the Nikumbuke health post. Right Picture: from left to right Lindy Wafula founder of Project Africa, nurse Josephine, Ara (me), and Mama Bendettah (coordinator of Project Africa in Lunga Lunga) inside the new health post.