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Six Million Dollar Cat

We have spent much time over the last week or so talking with our friend Vithalis. We are constantly challenged by the contrast of wealth between here and home. Money we would spend perhaps out at a restaurant etc. could equal a persons wages here for a few months. And that’s people that earn a regular wage. Yesterday, Vithalis’ wife spent 8 hours sitting in the sun at the market with no water selling cabbages (after walking 6 kms to get there). She came home with less than 3000Tsh…..that’s about AU$2.00.

This is just one of many stories that Vithalis has shared with us....

On Friday, we went to the home village of Bartholomew to meet and greet his family. Bartholomew is another nursing student whom we have assisted. Bartholomew’s brother, Furaha, is the orthopedic technician at Murgwanza Hospital. He shared with us a story about Albinos whilst we shared a meal of bananas and beans together. In Tanzania, there are beliefs that if you are born an Albino, it is punishment from ‘God’ for something the parents have done. There are also Witch Doctors who believe and convince people that if you have a piece of an Albino, (ie. hand, arm, foot etc), you will prosper. Furaha described one particular incident that happened in 2008 in a village near Murgwanza. He told of a pregnant Albino lady who was attacked in the middle of the night. The attackers cut one arm off completely and severely severed the other one before they were forced to flee. The lady was brought to Murgwanza Hospital but the severed arm was unable to be saved. During that day, Furaha shared this story with an Australian Physio Therapist who happened to be working in the Hospital at the time. She asked to see the lady and was extremely upset by what she saw. She asked Furaha “What can we do?” and he said “In Murgwanza, nothing!! But if we can get her to Moshi, they might be able to assist her.” She was transported to Moshi and after some months of treatment there, she was fitted with 2 prosthetic limbs. She remains in Moshi because populated and more educated areas mean less threat of further attack. The orthopedic disability program that Furaha is working with is in danger of closing and has been largely downscaled due to lack of funding. Just like in the west, disability services are given a low priority. It was an interesting afternoon of conversation with Furaha discussing Africa, health care, education and the future.

There is a desperate need for Physio and Occupational Therapists at Murgwanza Hospital. At the time of writing this, there are none.

At Barthomowes

Today we are celebrating Fathers Day. The boys woke Rob this morning with hand made cards that they had made early in the morning. Saskia made bacon(that we got in Mwanza last visit) and egg rolls then we enjoyed a family walk out the ridge for some rock hopping and a short time of devotions together.

Fathers Day


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It is always a relief to believe what is pleasant, but it is more important to believe what is true.~

Hilaire Belloc
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