It’s only been two weeks at Fikelela, but I’m starting to feel very much at home there now.
I had such a great week with the children! I felt a lot more comfortable around the place and I started getting to know the sisis who work there better as well – so I just felt I could do a bit more of my own thing without worrying about breaking their routine or habits.
The children had holiday the first week I was at Fikelela, but this week they were back in school. This meant that the older ones arrive at around 14:30 and then they all have some food. This is also when the little ones start waking up from their nap, so we get a chance to play with them – they are so so so adorable!
Just as a side note – I’m not allowed to show you pictures of the children’s whole faces or write their names, to make sure their parents or other people track them down to Fikelela.
Then we play play play until Anna can’t play anymore…
There are also 4 others who help out at the orphanage, and we’re trying to enforce ‘water time’ so the children are staying hydrated enough!
There is a doctor who comes in two days a week to check up the children and check their medications. Dr. Jenny, as the children all call her, let me have a look at what she did last week – and of course I found it really interesting.
There was a new girl who arrived and Jenny showed me the procedure of how to “enroll” children in to Fikelela. I also got a chance to measure out some medication for the children and to see how their medication system works.
It’s quite sad to see how much medication the children are on. The new girl who came in, knew exactly how the syringe worked, and for a child who is 3 years old, it’s unfortunate that they already know how to work a syringe. The medication the children take is usually either for HIV or tuberculosis. For some of the children it’s up to 3 syringes of medication every morning and evening. On the good side, at least they are getting the medication!!
It had been yet a great week volunteering and now my third week is almost coming to an end.
You’ll hear from me soon