Posts Tagged ‘children’

July 20th, 2015 - 7:58 pm § in Medical

On babies, and their story

 More than a year after the start of the pregnancy clinic many newborn babies have entered through our doors. The sweaters and blankets made by the knitting club come in good use, because we had a long winter this year. It is a privilege to be able to make a difference in the lives of […][...]

April 3rd, 2015 - 7:27 pm § in Family

When the roof falls on your head …

On Sunday, March 8th Tabitha and the kids got the shock of their lives. While Simon was lying asleep, and Maria and Tabitha down were playing downstairs, the ceiling of the study came down with much force. This room is next to Simon’s bedroom, so Tabitha ran upstairs to snatch Simon out of bed[...]

March 24th, 2015 - 8:08 pm § in Medical

Building a healthy future

 When mother no. 25 takes a seat on the floor of the waiting room I am deeply aware of the importance of the building project. It is almost impossible to understand each other with 25 babies and toddlers crying, crowing or running around. Our program for malnourished children and babies has rapidly[...]

December 19th, 2014 - 2:11 pm § in Medical

Nutrition Program has a regional impact

Ndeye Fatou is a girl of 1.5 years. She has diarrhea as her mother takes her to the clinic. She’s sitting apathetically on her mother’s lap. When measuring and weighing, she turns out to be malnourished. Her mother explains she is a picky eater. Since she stopped breastfeeding she refuse[...]

April 14th, 2014 - 9:38 pm § in Family


“Hassan, Abdou Rachman, Fatou, Aminata, …” now Simon begins to talk some more, he names all his classmates (and those are not the easiest names). He often plays with Abdou and Fatou, and Aminata gives him a hug every morning. The little Senegalese girl with beautiful colored beads in her h[...]

December 24th, 2013 - 1:38 pm § in Medical

Nutrition Program

Baboucar is 2 years old when his mother brings him to the clinic with pneumonia. He is seriously ill, he’s a fragile little guy. When measuring and weighing he also appears to be malnourished. His mother says he’s a picky eater. Since he’s off breastfeeding, he refuses to eat. He only takes ch[...]

April 23rd, 2012 - 4:01 pm § in Medical

Joy to the pediatric ward

Jessica has a sweet grandmother and a monkey. Her mother died from AIDS. She is 6 months, and has been infected with HIV and tuberculosis, a combination that we unfortunately see often. Her grandmother carries her in: malnourished and cramped- she weighs only 3 pounds. We’re glad she came,[...]

April 19th, 2012 - 6:17 pm § in Medical

Sadness at the Pediatric Ward

Knowing there are children dying in Africa is hard, but seeing a child die is terrible. Milani gasps for breath as he is brought into the Pediatric Ward, he’s only 2 months old. A severe pneumonia, maybe TB or HIV, it looks serious. I continuously walk in to see how he’s do[...]

August 17th, 2011 - 9:18 pm § in Africa, News

Oui, oui j’aime Paris!

This is one of Maria’s favorite sayings, and she works magic with it; people can’t help but smile! We as well are starting to get used to being here and the communication in French slowly but surely starts to sound like a conversation. In the shop, at the playground, in the subway, at the langua[...]

May 4th, 2011 - 4:59 pm § in Medical, Africa

Mother and childcare in Senegal

The need for care during a pregnancy and the delivery is something I have experienced myself. Good medical care in the Netherlands is a right, but a luxury in big parts of the world. Without this care I would have most likely not survived my first delivery. And without proper medication to stop cont[...]