Hope through Medical Aid
On my birthday, September 27, 2018, I was in the Northern Frontier area, along with our partners from the Milgis Trust. Our two organizations work together to bring medical aid to people in this remote area and provide transportation and funds to go to hospital when needed.
It was time to check in with some of the Samburu Tribe that live in the Ngurinit area. To get there we flew from camp 40 miles down the lugga (dry river bed) to return to check on old patients, and meet many new ones.
We took a more adventurous route, flying low over rugged hills and landscape as Helen, a camel safari guide was looking for new routes, and campsites for an upcoming safari. It was early morning, beautiful and calm - Africa at its best. After chasing a few gazelles off the runway we made a smooth landing.
Momma’s are sitting along side the runway with their lovely baskets - they heard we were coming! They will sit all day in the shade, working on more baskets as we select our purchases. Kenyan’s are a very patient bunch, that is until you put them behind the wheel - then patience goes out the window!
One of the joys of this trip was meeting Lucy. Lucy is an amazing and resiliant sixteen year old who was born with her bladder outside of her body, resulting in leakage. This led to her being shunned by the entire village. Over the past few years she has had two operations, and still has more coming up. However, she is now accepted in her village and thriving in school, where she can have dreams for a sustainable future.
There are many other needs. Ltingwas, an eleven year old boy with a tumor on his right foot respond to treatment in August, but needs follow up medical care. He has come up negative for both TB and Madura foot. Nasa, a five year old girl with cardio symptoms, needs a better hospital with echocardiogram availability. And more.
Helen hands this all over to Jacob, a young man who takes them all down to Nanyuki or Nairobi, depending on the treatment. He stays with them and follows the progress of each patient, also acting as an interpreter as most don’t even know Swahili, only Maa, their tribal dialect.
I have to say that seeing hope in all of their eyes was the greatest Birthday present I could ever ask for….