Returning to hope.

We arrived back to a distinctly cool Africa…..what!  Get the jumpers on again?  In our absence the rainy season has kicked in properly.  It is cool in the mornings and evenings, beautifully warm and sunny during most mornings with a tendency to showers in the afternoon.

As ever, I was struck by the beauty and neatness of the compound.  The grass was cut and edged.  There was no litter to be seen.  There were smiles and happiness.  It is good to be back.

There are 14 resident babies at present.  Two new ones arrived while we were away and others have been resettled.

Baby Ruth, 2 months old, is as cute as cute can be.  She has the most enormous eyes but sadly they are open more during the night than during the day.  It is very hard to keep her awake for long – I’ve tried.  The staff despair of training her out of her nocturnal habits.

Young Winifred collected her goat from the Income Generating Scheme.  Selling the young from this goat will help with food and school fees in the future.  Behind them is a pale blue building.  This is the new Education Centre/Demonstration kitchen and mothers kitchen for the Nutrition Unit.  Holding the daily talks inside is much appreciated during the wet season.  The Unit has been shifted out this weekend as their floor will be tiled next week.  This will not only look better but will be much easier to keep clean.

On Monday (Dec 19th) Dr Nicci will move into the flat above the Nutrition Unit.  Alan Cook has worked very hard to get it ready for her before Christmas.  The kitchen has received its last coat of varnish and is drying.  

The Medical Centre may not have been as busy as usual but they have had some very sick children indeed to care for.  This lad has been ill for over a year.  He was being treated by herbs and prayer with some visits to Hospital but was going downhill.  One member of his Prayer Group said she felt he should be taken for advice.  He is 15yrs old and really too old for Potter’s Village but the family and his Prayer Group felt Potters was the best place for him to be – how could the Medical Centre refuse?  He has tested positive for TB and started treatment.  He will be on treatment for a long time but already there is improvement.    The day of this photo he was refusing all food.  Now, he has started to eat.  What a wonderful feeling of hope it must be for him and those supporting him.