Yesterday I met 11-year old Ainamanige Collins. Distraught and visibly bothered, Collins is one of the children who turned up at an Ariel Club meeting. Ariel was a child of Elizabeth Glaser, who passed away while young because the world had not thought about Pediatric medication for HIV Positive Children. Ariel clubs are meetings specially arranged for HIV positive children, where they meet peers, get medication refills, get their CD4 Counts done and generally have fun, despite their medical condition. But Collin’s problems were not under his skin, they were in the system he was born in. 1 of 5 children, whose farmer parents are left with no option but to send him to a public school. Collins has missed most of the second school term for lack of school fees. 12000UGX per term! At the end of the day, I told Collins not to worry about school, because the God he had just prayed to, as the meeting closed, had answered his prayer for school fees for the rest of his primary school education. After 1 day, and 1 prayer, at least in Collins’ eyes, there is hope.
Some of the sights, from the Hope Ward Fun Run 2012.
I think i need to get back to what i was like before March 2011.
A lot of things have changed since then, but so has the frustration inside of me – of my lack of consistency in my private life. I must admit, i didnt think the passing of my mother would actually de-rail me this much.
But here i am, struggling to do the things i love to do. And not doing the things i used to do, but thats because something in me changed. More like something in me gave way, or is it, that i lost it, I wonder.
So am hoping that with this very intentional step, my presumption of duties, will yield the results i am hoping for.
Take time to read and reflect on some of these lessons .
Written by Regina Brett, 90 years old. This is something we should all read at least once a week!!!!!
“To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I’ve ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more:
1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Change the way you think.
4. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.. Stay in touch.
I know you must be wondering, how I could use that word. Well, what word do you really think am using? Check the spelling again, I might be right, and the converse is true!
The pole used to hang the drip is rusty, the rollers cannot ever be re-used. 1 doctor walks by, gloved, even unto the face. Its a silent way of saying, the rest of us carry with us the filth of the earth.
A door way – is a prime spot, 3 beds in a row! A chalk board, has gibberish – to a guest – after all you would expect it to tell you which patient is where.