|Yes...it's a horse!|
|The Watering Hole|
|Interior of the Clinic|
|Outside the Clinic|
As nurses, we must assure that we practice in a culturally safe manner; therefore, it was essential that we received the Chief's blessing upon our arrival. This meeting occurred in the Chief's Palace (yes, it's actually called a palace), and it was unlike anything that we expected. Inside the mud hut, we found ourselves looking up at the Chief in his lazy boy chair throne from the cow skinned mats we sat upon. To the left of him was the his horse. Yes, a real horse. Kassim translated the words spoken from the chief as he warmly welcomed us into the community.
|The Chief's Palace|
After formalities were settled, we distributed donation items to the orphaned children, who are raised by the community. They each received two items of their choosing from art supplies, stickers, and Canadian paraphernalia. We also gave each of them a hygiene kit and dental kit and that were put together by a Boy Scout troop (thanks Norma Hillsman and boys!)
distribution went smoothly; however Dawn accidentally created a mosh pit as over a hundred children battled for three balloons that she
tossed in the air. Not her greatest moment when she had to pop the balloons in front of them because of the chaos she created. She is not sure if that moment was more traumatizing
for her or them. She is also unsure if they understood her lesson about caring
for one another and being kind after the battle royale; however, throughout the day we saw many demonstrations of them caring for each other. Young girls not much older than 4, would have their younger
siblings tied onto their backs, carrying them in the hot sun during our long
treks through the village. When one child strayed behind our large pack,
another child would bring them back to us so that they could hold our hand. Our
favorite observation was when a young boy was given a little
bottle of bubbles and was soon found
teaching another child how to use them.
|Canadian Swag and Dental Kits|
It's days like this when our hearts are filled with gratitude for what we have at home and overflowing with joy from the kindness that exists here at Chanshegu.
~ Dawn Hillman
~ Dawn Hillman