Thursday, 25 June 2009

A day out in the village

Transportation is definitely taken for granted in the U.S. When out doing Home visits with Spring of Hope, we have to travel some distances to the villages where the kids are. Some require two taxis and and a boda (motor bike). However, when reaching the family, I have realized that it is much easier for us to travel to them then for them to come to us. Most of these families cannot afford to pay for transportation. They have all been very grateful to the SOH team members that come. The pictures taken were of a boy who developed a mixture of low and high tone after a bout of Malaria. I am finding that Malaria is a very BIG cause of the disabilities from the children that we have been working with. Malaria is a very treatable disease when caught in time. Unfortunately, most of these families do not have the means or possibly knowledge to take the children to a medical clinic in time. I asked Emma what people do to prevent Malaria, and he told me that the best way to prevent it is to sleep under a mosquito net. Mosquito nets are available to buy in town, but I'm not sure how many people actually use them.. especially those who live in the villages.

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