Rain, beautiful rain!
Well things have quieted down a bit in the country. Still no buses moving in our area and a few Kombis. This has kept our patient load down a lot, bringing in only the most serious patients. Many are coming in Scotch Carts or paying someone with a private car to bring them.
This last week we have had lots of rain in our area which has been great. Some of the maize might be saved in our area. We have enjoyed rain every day since last weekend and cloudy skies which helps keep the land wetter. Keep praying for rain! The southern part of the country will have drought this year. With the bad economic times in the country this means many will be without food.
This week I had 3 young college graduates join me here. Claire, is from Illinois and has been accepted into a Physician’s Assistant program in Boston that starts this fall. She was here in Jan-Feb 2018 and decided to come and join us again before she starts school. She is here for 5 weeks.
Elliot and Serva are recent graduates of University of Washington and met Larry Gail, our Friends of Chidamoyo founder, and they were referred here. They both are deciding where to go from here in life and are thinking medicine. They will know after they leave here, for sure. They plan to be here 6 months.
Thursday we went out to Chiroti, one of our Outreach spots for ART drugs. It was a rainy day but all of our kids showed up! I taught the 3 students to help me draw blood and we did 30 Viral Loads on kids and adults.
With this clinic we celebrated the end of 1 year in our research study on Kids on ART. We continue for at least another year. We are happy that most of our kids are doing very well and thriving with their drugs.
Some of the women, at Chiroti, on ART sang and danced for us to thank us for bringing them their ART drugs. You can see it on Instagram. Follow me at sistermakate.
Today (Saturday) we had our older Youth ART kids. Had viral loads to draw. The kids are doing well and we are so happy for that. Looks like rain ahead this afternoon, we hope!