Davinder’s update from South Africa

November 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

Our wonderful volunteers have been busy in South Africa and sending us updates when they can via email and text. The photos are all from previous trips to Lily in South Africa but we’ll be posting new photos soon.

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So I’m sat at the airport heading home … so sad to be going. I’ve had the most amazing time here. The children are an absolute delight and all the medicine is so interesting and it genuinely feels like we are doing something to help here. Just thought I’d drop an email about the very hard work everyone has done!

We’ve completed over 450 school checks in total so far. It takes a while to do especially now the children are younger so can’t speak much English and increasingly need a translator to help. We’re currently up to class 5C with new school checks and working our way to the younger ones.

We’ve done a fair few smears on the Lily house mums but still more to do. On Thursdays we went to 1000 Hills clinic, which was just an absolute pleasure to be at. Very interesting, and the whole set up was so organised and supportive to all staff. It was one of my personal highlights of the whole time here and we would have loved to spend longer there.

We’ve completed the pharmacy stocktake at Lily clinic and the two-week house boxes inventory has also been completed.

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Jess’ update from South Africa

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Our wonderful volunteers have been busy in South Africa and sending us updates when they can via email and text. The photos are all from previous trips to Lily in South Africa but we’ll be posting new photos soon.

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Collected Dav from the airport and she’s fine. I hired a little car (surprising how it manages the dirt tracks!) It’s been essential, just for more freedom. Last week we did school checks mainly. This week we’ve reviewed the Lily children and a couple of community cases, we’ve undertaken smear for house mums and helped out at the 1000 Hills clinic as they were short on two doctors and very appreciative for the help. Next week we’re doing health talks with the mums at Makaphutu and school health checks. So a lot of work to be done!

1000 Hills clinic is great and very busy so we saw a lot of patients. Kirsty, the GP, only works there on a Thursday so they would love doctors being there more frequently. They loved Ellie and Emma and were sad to see them go so I think it’s a really great place for volunteers to go.

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Phoebe and Eleanor’s TWOWEEKS update from South Africa

November 2, 2013 § Leave a comment

 

Our wonderful volunteers have been busy in South Africa and sending us updates when they can via email and text. The photos are all from previous trips to Lily in South Africa but we’ll be posting new photos soon.

 

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We thought we would write you an email to let you know our progress and give you a couple of tips to help make things a little easier when you get here!

We have been doing a range of things and as we expected there is a lot to do here. We spent some time at the Lily clinic doing health checks on the Lily children as Dr Volker was away and we also saw some community patients, which is very different to being a GP at home in the UK! We have also been doing health checks on the children at Sankontshe School. Flexibility is key. You often end up doing things you hadn’t planned for!

For the health checks, a translator is essential as the children are too young to be able to speak good English. Staff in the clinic have been helping with this duty but it needs to be arranged daily and be aware this can sometimes be difficult as by coming with us they do not have time to do their usual daily duties.

The school bus goes from the village at 6.30am which we have taken but unfortunately the interpreters were unable to get to Lily for this time so sometimes we had to get a lift, however we always got the school bus home which is great fun.
We (Phoebe and Eleanor) will be going to Makaphutu today and staying for the remainder of the time we are here. We are sad to leave Lily as it has been such an amazing experience and we have already become very fond of lots of the children, but we are excited to take on a new challenge at Makaphutu.

On a side note there is a lot to do at the weekend (although not medical)! We have been holding sessions for the kids and also assisting Helen with her budgeting exercise with the teens. All the kids love one to one attention so reading, playing on the trampoline or even a chat is very appreciated and beneficial to the children.

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Christine’s update from South Africa

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Our wonderful volunteers have been busy in South Africa and sending us updates when they can via email and text. The photos are all from previous trips to Lily in South Africa but we’ll be posting new photos soon.

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The budgeting program we are doing has been really great so far for us! Helen and I are working together to pilot the program of having the older houses do their own food shopping. We have finalised a good plan and have been working with the teenagers to assess their money skills. She has been so great, so helpful and so on top of things. We are finding out a lot of details about our teens too, in terms of where they are at with their money. So this has been helpful! It will definitely be great for another person to continue later.

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