We were so excited to meet Georgette, and the training would not have been successful without her. On the first day as we discussed eating in pregnancy the women complained that they could not eat well because they did not have money.
Our nightly walks put us face to face with the people of Nayngezi. We were able to greet them in Swahili and even learned traditional greetings in the local language. That’s right, three different languages are spoken in Nayngezi and we didn’t
The kitchen was in the back of the center in a small flat area dug out of the dirt. Women from the community who work at the center were helped by the women we trained to prepare food. Here is the kitchen
One of the sessions was used to help the women from each village determine how they could support themselves working as midwives. Their husbands would not allow them to help women if they could not make money. The midwives from Nayngezi had
The Shilo Center has some wildlife, because it is run like a farm. There are goats, which I chased out of the kitchen several times before the ladies asked me why I hated goats. They thought it was funny that I didn’t
We had a very fun experience teaching positions for labor and comfort measures. We were pretty sure some of these women had not been touched except by their husband or children in years. Getting them comfortable with touch was a priority. We
Many of the women brought their children to the training with them. We also meet many of the children of Nayngezi on our evening walks.
The women, some of whom did not learn to read, were not comfortable with long study sessions. The days were broken up with singing and dancing, and a long rest for lunch.
We started the day with a big laugh. I had purchased a very large stretchy dress to bring on the trip, and stuffed the dress with a teaching model and some towels. The women laughed hysterically when I walked in with a
The day stared with bead, eggs and coffee. It was to become the standard meal while under Amina’s care since she had no idea what to feed the American women. Things began looking up when Flory arrived early in the day with