Hailey and I spent the week working at Save A Life Centre here in Mongu. Our first day was spent doing home visits, which are a part of the feeding program that is run through the centre. This was an eye opening experience for the both of us. It gave us a better understanding of how these families live and how resourceful they are. They all welcomed us warm heartedly into their homes, and we enjoyed getting to know them as much as we could. We found the women often lived with their mothers, had multiple children, and some still trying to complete school.
The following day we had a chance to interact with the women and children when they came for their weekly visit. The morning started off with a short biblical teaching, after which a beautiful song broke out and soon the whole room was singing. You could feel it resonate through your body as everyone sang. My attention was drawn to a quiet and stoic woman in the front. After a couple minutes of singing, tears began to stream down her face. It was a powerful moment that definitely moved me. We ended the day with some teaching on fever and hanging out with the kids.
I (Hayley) was able to spend a day working in the Village of Hope Clinic. I spent the day screening patients, then assessing, diagnosing and prescribing alongside the doctor. I was able to see some interesting cases and it gave me another perspective of health and nursing.
Overall, it was a great week and was ended off with a trip to Livingstone for Easter weekend. We saw Victoria falls, went on a safari and rode some elephants. We're half way done and the time is flying by. We're looking forward to the upcoming weeks and some exciting things to come!
~Hayley & Hailey