The library tonight is hopping as the video editing bunch are in the hall working on the AIDS Day video, the priest from the neighbouring district came to use the internet, the laptops are humming with computer course student projects, and half of the children and youth of Mapaki have been in with books and magazines. Sadly, I’ve had to turn away many people tonight because we simply can’t squeeze in another soul. Next day…this morning the chief and I talked with the community about the problem with library space and asked two families if they would donate their land, the “prime location” for a library…right in the centre of the village across from the chief’s
Well, it’s official. While I’m convinced that Paki Masabong is the most beautiful and welcoming chiefdom in
I’ve just come in from talking with another visiting priest, who told us of the mother of twins who died in child birth last night, a common occurrence in this country which has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. When I asked who cares for the babies in these cases I was told that another nursing mother in the household, family, or community would nurse the baby and/or the grandmother would take over care. The twins, I’m told, are in good hands and are thriving so far.