A life Changing Journey (part 2)

img_4202Going to the clinic, I had in my head pictures I had seen from my friends who went on missions trips to help orphans, where all the kids were happy and playing.  The clinic was nothing like that. Although the nurses were really nice, I guess nobody is ever happy about being sick and having to go to a clinic.

The clinic is a neat, clean room in a building on a church property right outside the Msisi Compound, one of the worst and largest shanty towns in Lusaka. The first half hour was a little slow, but soon the moms and their children started to come in.  There were cases of ringworm and cough, but those were easily treated with medicine they could take home.  The malnourished kids were handled differently.Read more

A Life Changing Journey (part 3)

uth-sign-3After the clinic, we headed to the hospital where the complicated cases of severe malnutrition are referred. This was where one of the little girls I saw earlier at the clinic went.  When she came into the clinic she was hanging on to her life by a thread.  She was 27 months old and only weighed 8 pounds. Like most people, I had seen pictures and video of the tiny babies that are just skin and bones, but there’s nothing that could prepare me to see it in real life. Her frail body was moving so slow, and her little cry sounded like she was in so much pain. It’s impossible to really describe, but it was heart breaking.

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Why do you care?

Written by Rachael Watson

DonateWhy do you care? Do you ever get asked that question? I seem to get it a lot, so I thought I’d answer in a blog.  When I first started working in Africa over 15 years ago, I wasn’t sure exactly how to answer. It felt like when you’re asked why do you love your family, but in this case, “because I just do” didn’t seem sufficient. The joy in the picture below shows why, but I’ll try to articulate it in words.

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How to Use a Magic Wand

Blog-Magic-WandWhat would you do if you had a magic wand to fix one problem in the world? I was more than delighted to hear Bill Gates’ answer, “…if I had one wand that I could use for a medical condition, I would use it for nutrition.”* Some might argue that Bill Gates’ wealth is the closest thing to a magic wand that one could hope for, and we’re very happy this wand is now committed to addressing malnutrition.Read more

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