The organization I work for, CURE International and more specifically CUREU which is heading up by my friend Katie Rae Spell who also happens to be a incredible writer, just put out a free album for you to download from a variety of our partner artists. Did I mention that it’s free? If you feel so inclined, you can leave a tip on the download which will go straight to helping cure kids with disabilities whether it is here at our hospital in Zambia or one of our other ones around the world. Whether you tip or not, it’s free!
Since 2010 CURE Zambia has been in the possession of a mobile ENT (Ear, Nose, and Throat) clinic truck, gifted to us by Gorta and Irish Aid, and has conducted screenings all around Zambia. Minor procedures and extractions can be done on site, while more serious issues are referred to our permanent hospital in Lusaka. For all the children, the visit is an event and for the ones with hearing issues, it is life changing!
Children arrive in droves after being bussed in from many of the surrounding schools.
Alfred Mwamba, CURE Zambia’s Audiologist and the only Audiologist in Zambia, attempts to organise the children in lines by school year.
Excilda (top) and Gabriel (bottom), CURE employees, conduct preliminary screenings on the children to determine what their complaint is before they see the medical staff.
Children wait outside the temporary ENT clinic.
In this case, a small library was used as the base to see children.
Evelyn sets up equipment before the children arrive.
Charity peers into an ear for any signs of foreign objects. The majority of perpetrators are sticks and stones that were used in an attempt to itch and clean the inner ear. It is also not uncommon to find a cockroach that has crawled in during the night
A child undergoes a hearing test to find out her range of hearing.
Alfred fills a teenager’s ear with earmold impression material in order to cast a hearing aid mold.
A teenager with his freshly casted molds.
Secondary school students wait outside the mobile clinic to see CURE’s ENT surgeon, Dr. Ute Froeschl.
Patson attempts to fix the mobile clinic generator as students wait to be seen.
Dr. Ute removes foreign objects from children’s ears and impresses on them the importance of not cleaning their ears with sticks and stones.
On this outreach, roughly 400 students were seen.
It’s strange to know who I am
Though not necessarily where I am
But through it all
I will trust He who is the great I am.
I love reading and I love books. As a kid, I’d read everything I could get my hands on, even cereal boxes in between books. So much so that I knew all the ingredients, nutrition facts, and that the cereal photos on the front were not actual sized. At one point, my Mom threatened to stop buying me books because I burned through them in less time than it took her to buy and wrap them. Thankfully the threat was empty and she just bought me thicker books.
The lack of books I want to read has been one of my bigger struggles since moving here to Zambia. I brought a bunch of books with me when I came, but those were all finished within my first three months. I bought a few books here and while good, they’re ones I bought mainly because I wanted to read rather than I wanted to read them. I’ve also tried the whole ebook thing and it just didn’t vibe with me. I got the content which was great, but I missed out on the experience of reading. There was no book feel. No dog earring pages with passages that I need to come back to and dwell on a little longer. No underlining ideas that resonate with me. No wearing down of the covers as I read, re-read, and struggled through the ideas within. I can’t seem to get as much out of a book while reading it on an electronic device.
But that probably speaks more to my shortcomings than those of the medium.
All this to say, I have a friend from the States visiting tomorrow and she’s bringing me a few books that I’ve been craving!
The books en route are:
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire
New Monasticism by Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
A Dance with Dragons by George R. R. Martin
When Helping Hurts by Brian Fikkert
Prepare for an onslaught of quotes in the coming weeks.
My friend Dave put this together a few years back and I just found out he won a competition with it. Way to go Dave!
I love when a band covers a song, but manages to make it completely their own.