6 November 2013
Volunteer team, give valuable help.
Our team of Andrea, Carole, John and Karen are now back from our mission at Potters Village having spent a challenging and rewarding month in Uganda.
Potter's Village is an oasis of excellence for God in Kisoro. Now the medical unit is up and running Potters is making such a difference, not only to the abandoned babies there, but also for the community generally.
Many are now choosing to come directly to Potters for medical treatment instead of using 'Traditional Doctors'(!!) or the local hospital, which itself has poor facilities and is under staffed. Premature babies are also brought to the centre for lifesaving care which they would not receive at local hospitals due to lack of appropriate equipment. Mike, Rosie and Jovia (the medical team) are doing such an amazing job, but do need all the help they can get. Thankfully our team contained two retired nurses, Carole and Andrea, who did their best to help out. There is still a great need though for extra help at Potters and following our experience we feel sure that should anyone wish to consider a period of time at Potters they would be most welcome, whether medically skilled or not.
Sue (Acting Director) was so enthusiastic about us setting up a timetable for play at Potters and it was great to be able to work with the local carers (who required help in understanding the need for 'play', as it was something as babies they had no experience of). On leaving it was good to know that the children are enjoying their regular new times of play and stimulation. The intention is that these babies will have the opportunity to 'work out' the trauma of their past and make some headway in preparation for their future.
The babies are so loveable, cuddly and just plain gorgeous. Its a joy to help feed, cuddle and play with them, giving that all important one to one they so need.
John was busy in the office putting his accountancy skills to good use, even though he thought he'd be making goat pen! (Maybe next time!?) The vegetable patch was also a place where he enjoyed digging! Kisoro is such a fertile place that seeds sown when we arrived were already growing by the time we left (hope that applies spiritually as well as physically).
The staff are lovely and we felt very welcomed. We got a real sense of God being at the centre of this project and would encourage all to go out and see this great work for themselves. What a privilage to have been a part of Potters and we hope and pray for its continued success.