Another day of flooding. Anne and I went jogging to see how bad it was… it just will not stop raining here and
Of course I knew this from my courses, but seeing a skin-and-bones infant no older than 6 months old on life support, being tube fed through their nose, and barely clinging to life really puts a face on HIV. At this time it is no longer just a statistic in a textbook but a human life struggling to hang on. Very sad. They said that their PMTCT (Prevention of mother to child transmission) during labor is quite high (80-90%) but many of the children then contract the disease through breastfeeding. Although the alternative, dying of malnutrition due to the lack of money to afford formula, is another tragedy.
Today we went to Elangeni to say goodbye to the village people we have been closely working with and interviewing since the Purdue undergrads are going to be returning to the
One of the families we visited has 5 generations living on the same homestead. There is one great-great-grannie, 2 great grandmothers, 7 grandmothers, 20 mothers and 100 children. It is really a miracle to see. The great-great-grannie wanted a fence around her farm so that her chickens and the neighbors goats would stop eating the food they grow to feed their large family. So, we went and purchased fencing wire and the neighborhood men chopped down logs for us and we all helped to put up a fence!! (well, in all fairness, I mostly was involved in supervising as I was in a dress and the fence was dirty) But, it WAS completed and the great-great-grannie said that if her late husband was alive, he would NEVER have believed to see a group of white people working for them.