I had a long post prepared describing the births at Shalom thus far and some about the culture of birth here in Kenya. I know many of you are waiting for those stories. But again, those posts will have to wait. Our plans for the day have changed as it appears there is a small outbreak of Typhoid in the upper camp.
Last week I took Margaret’s 9 yr. old daughter, Virginia, to the hospital after she had been sick with fever for several days. She tested positive for malaria and typhoid. My rapid malaria test had tested negative a few days prior. This morning I went to check on her and found her mother unable to move with similar symptoms for three days. Luckily I had more treatment medicine to give her. She has three children, the youngest is 8 mths. As you can imagine, with mother so sick, there was no water, no clean dishes, no food prepared for breakfast.
Virginia is still weak, but was well enough to help me get a fire going. I called and paid for water to be delivered and set into preparing some rice that I also brought for them. Many single mothers only have the maize and beans that they have harvested from their shamba to eat. Fortunately for the rains, they have that. When the dry season comes, life will be even harder.
I have heard that there are others that have come down with the illness, mainly in the upper camp. These residents are about 2km from the water source, making it harder to stay hydrated and clean and therefore more valnerable to disease.
So, Grace and I will buy many extra medicines today in town and begin walking through the camp to find the ones that are ill. We will pay the 15ksh needed to deliver 25 liters of water to those that have none and give instructions for boiling. We will also deliver some food to those in most need because a family cannot regain health without it.
Any other plans of ours will just have to be put on hold, walking in gratitude that we are currently in good health. May you all be in good health too!
P.S. I am happy to say that the Goat Project for the HIV group is under way. We have enough funds to purchase all the materials and begin the building of pens. I continue to pray and hold hope that the rest of the funding will come by the time we are ready for the goats.
I am also thrilled to announce that a generous donation by Motherly Way Maternity will fund another goat project for single mothers. I am convinced this is one of the best chances these people have for a healthy and prosperous future.
We will send the updates and eventually post those birth stories!
Keep us in your thoughts and May you all be blessed!