The community here at St. Gabriel’s has done nothing but welcome me, a complete outsider to their world.
Many people here have trusted me with their children (much to my surprise); as a result, I’ve become very attached to many of them:
As well as a few others:
They’ve invited us to explain derivatives on home-made chalkboards:
An honest attempt
Shared many dinners with us:
A gathering to be remembered
Offered sugar cane:
All I can say: I tried… Oh, I tried.
Let us explore their villages:
Gogos - “grandmothers” - in a local village
Travel their scenic routes:
Beautiful path in the woods on a long run
The ethic of reciprocity, otherwise known as the Golden Rule, demands that we treat each other how we want to be treated. This principle is a global concept: the ethic of reciprocity shows up Christianity, Buddhism, Baha’i Faith, Confucianism, Hinduism, Judaism, Sikhism, Taoism, Jainism and Islam.
The community here at St. Gabriel’s treated me well. As a firm believer of the ethic of reciprocity, I have tried to give back.
After many hours with Matthews, who I would now call a good friend, we came the close of our translating sessions (FrontlineSMS Messages – upwards of 4,300 messages completed!).
The completed incubator, ready for action at St. Gabriel’s:
The training sessions with the Surgery Ward attendants also came to a close. Empowered with knowledge and a set of DVDs that provide videos of the lessons they learned, they are ready to work:
Patricia, Dorothy, Alinafe and the cameraman
Their hard work paid off:
Patricia and Alinafe helping a patient using crutches
My sister and I measured the pots in the guardians’ (who take care of patients – feeding and washing them) smoke room for the technology team at Rice University to create a energy-efficient pot design that greatly reduces smoke output:
My bags are lighter as I leave – many gifts were given. The numerous polos I brought to wear at the hospital have dwindled in supply, soccer balls have been distributed and gifts given:
A new dress
The next day, Grace has a new outfit:
In the Warm Heart of Africa, the ethic of reciprocity thrives.
Warmth cannot be forgotten