2016. Another year begins. Hard to imagine that Living Child is coming close to the end of it's third year as a registered organisation! Amazing to reflect on this last year, recall what local people have said about the impact we have had on them and their communities. Here is an extract from a report I (sara David) wrote for the East Sepik Provincial Health Authority after our most recent trip in August 2015:
A number of health volunteers who have come to Living Child training before said that the training is making a big difference in their communities. The fact that they are returning for further training and spreading the word is evidence that they appreciate the way we provide training. Comments include:
- ‘Before Living Child came I was chosen to be a VBA in my village. I was afraid because I did not know anything. I saw many women and babies die. It scared me. Now I have learned some skills to save lives and I feel more confident. I am not afraid anymore because I have some knowledge about how to save a life’ Clara, Samban
- ‘Since Living Child has given me some training I am now running public health awareness in my village. I tell the leaders when I’m going to give some education and they call the village together. I run women’s groups and teach the women about healthy pregnancy and danger signs. The people in my village trust and respect me. They call me now when a woman is in labour. This woman here (pointing to a para 7 on the data sheet) I gave her family some education about family planning and arranged for her to go to Wewak for TL’ Lenah, Panitan
- ‘Before Living Child came I had lost hope. I felt overwhelmed by the needs and suffering of my people and could not see any help. Now I feel I have hope. Thank you for coming here’ Mathew, Bunam
- ‘Sara, I have been travelling to my home village high in the mountains to tell them the things I have learned. They have nothing there. The women wear grass skirts and are less valuable than the pigs. I have been giving them some training and helped many women to give birth there now and have saved lives’ Suzannah, Angisi
- Many people commented that they had never been taught anything about public health awareness and sharing information with their communities. They were very excited to be going back to their villages with some new skills to teach their people and help save lives.
It's these comments and stories that encourage us to persevere in the face of many challenges.
Thank you for your support and we'll keep you posted as our plans for field trips become confirmed in the next couple of months!