One of our child sponsors, Judi Cranmer, spent time in Uganda this past June. Below is the third in a series of some of her reflections on our programs and our work:
As I was walking around the driveway yesterday morning, all of a sudden someone was headed my way to give me a big hug. It was such a wonderful surprise to look down and see Fatuma, the twelve-year-old girl I have sponsored since she was six. She quickly took my grandson out of my arms and proceeded to play with him for quite a while- including trying to teach him to walk. It was most endearing.
Fatuma and her grandmother had come to the office to take Fatuma to the orthodontist. The report was good, Fatuma had good hygiene this week and her gums were better than previously. The missionary dentist will see her once a week for six to eight weeks while her gums heal and she takes care of her bottom set of braces that CoG had put on a few months ago. If everything goes well, she will have braces put on her top teeth in a couple of months. This little girl has needed braces for a long time, but living in a mud hut with a grandmother who struggles to feed her, they were never even an option. Thankfully, once again, CoG cares so well for their children that they were able to find a way for Fatuma to get the orthodontic care she requires.
Yesterday, I was disturbed with the hunger here in Jinja. Both Fatuma and her grandmother were hungry- really hungry. Additionally, a young mom who came to the office was obviously going without food and trying to eat enough to keep her breast-milk up. It’s a hard reality for many people here, and one with which I wrestle.
Last Saturday the CoG medical clinic was closed. A sponsored student had an asthma attack and the albuterol he had in the village was not enough to take care of his breathing issue. His mother called his mentor and she contacted the CoG driver and the nurse. She also came in on her day off and went with the driver to pick them up. The wonderful nurse, Carol, met them here at the CoG clinic and gave him the treatment he needed. He was able to be hooked up to an IV here at the office. When finished, Carol and the mentor accompanied the little boy and his mom back to the village. They will be back on Monday for follow-up. I am amazed at the CoG staff and their willingness to jump at a critical situation on a Saturday. They truly do care for their students, and it is a blessing to watch.