Went to see a lutte (French for ‘wrestling’) close to my village and let me tell you, it was INSANE. Wrestling is quickly becoming Senegal’s most popular national sport, even more so than football (soccer). It’s a crazy mix of superstitions, fighting, and it can happen in a blink of an eye or last for … More Nov 20 – La Lutte!
If I had to draw a picture to describe my whole time in the village, it’d be a hill. I won’t lie, the 3rd week was torture. Okay, that might’ve been an exaggeration but it almost felt like torture. Looking back on it now, I really don’t know what exactly made that week seem so … More Nov 19 – Fourth Week In
As I wrote before, I saw a live birth earlier today….but experienced a death, all in the same day. Later on, around 9pm I was sitting outside with my family, as usual, just staring at the brilliant stars and listening to music on my brother’s radio. Even with the loud radio, we could hear some … More Nov 8 (cont’d) – Circle of Life
Got to see a live birth today! If giving birth in America is hard, giving birth in Africa is even more painful. Fatou, the woman in labor, had been laying on the maternity “bed” for over 13 hours. There’s no sedatives available when you’re in labor, there’s no comfy room, and you’re lucky if there’s … More Nov 8 – My First Baby! (Just Kidding)
My brother Mamdou with our Tabaski sheep Tabaski, I realized is a lot like Thanksgiving. It’s a Muslim holiday celebrated a month after Ramadan. From 8am to 3pm, all the women in my family were cooking a big meal. And by big, I mean BIG. The cauldron (I’m not even going to try calling it … More Nov 7 – Tabaski
What if your whole town came to your funeral? That’s exactly what happened today. Two young men (both only in their 30’s) died in a car accident two days ago. One had been working with WorldVision for 12 years. Village sunrise I am reminded that life is short. Death is so very real. Even though … More Nov 2 – Ngohé Funeral
Consultation room and also Philo’s office Philo and I had a little chat about my internship and wanted to make sure I was doing well. (Just in case you forgot, she is my site supervisor and the head doctor/nurse at the poste de santé). It was sweet of her to mention that I should always … More Oct 29 – A Moment with Philo
Thursday and Friday morning consisted of walking around the village to each house and giving out polio vaccines. Every child under 5 got a two drops of the polio vaccine. I went with two ladies from the village who were a couple of the many volunteers helping distribute polio vaccines to the community. I was … More Oct 27/28 – Polio Vaccination Time!
I got to hold a newborn baby today! She was shivering in my arms even though she was wrapped up in a pile of blankets. Fatou, the matron who did the delivery, introduced me to the baby’s two grandmothers who had been waiting in another room while their daughter was giving birth. One asked me … More Oct 26 – Champs au Senegal