3413Re: [ujeni] Re: Help! Suggestions for to-be trainee?
- Sep 15, 2002Stacia...
I didn't know you were PCVs in Jamaica. After Peace Corps I volunteered
there through Health Volunteers Overseas for 6 weeks with a community based
rehabilitation program (3D Project). I met a man PCV in Morant Bay who was
doing some small business projects with mothers of some of the disabled kids
out of the 3D Project office there. I worked half the time in Morant Bay
and then in Highgate where they also had a 3D Project office. I went (bus,
taxi??? and then walk) with community rehab workers out to rural homes of
disabled kids. Though really a less poor country than Malawi I felt the
depth of poverty more there...maybe because sense of community seemed less.
Possibly it was just because I was there a short time and didn't get to know
people and correctly interpret what I was experiencing.
One of those funny serendipitous things happened. I met an American family
when I went to church with the Jamaican family I was living with in
Highgate. The American woman offered me a ride to work when she spotted me
on the road a day or so later. I almost refused...I was close to work and
liked the walk (not nearly as much as my walk to work in Malawi where
everyone wanted to walk with me and talk). Decided it was kind of her to
ask so accepted. In asking about where she was from...learned that they
were Mennonites, hadn't lived in the U.S. for many years. Her husband was
running the Habitat for Humanities office in Highgate, but they had been in
Zambia before, had traveled to Blantyre and stayed at the Salvation Army
place in Blantyre because in Zambia they worked at the Salvation Army
Hospital. I told her that Margaret Wazakili, my closest friend in Blantyre,
had worked there in Zambia as a physiotherapist. She said "Oh my goodness,
Maggie! We lost track of her!" They were friends and lived as neighbors on
the hospital grounds. Anyway, they had been in Jamaica for a year and still
had the same sense of the difference between Jamaica and our experiences in
A few Jamaican mothers at a 3D Project parents meeting were talking about
how they don't show their children enough affection, how they don't hug.
I'd really be interested in hearing your about your experiences there. I
may go back sometime. After going I helped recruit and prepare other
therapists to go and have kept in email touch with some who I've never met
and with the women who started 3D. She's retired and the project is falling
apart because of lack of funding. UNICEF funds projects for a certain
number of years and expects them to develop their own funding sources, from
what I understand. Disabled kids' rehab. programs are seem to be low on the
list of government funding priorities and probably even most NGO's, though
Malawi Against Polio has done well through Dutch NGO's and Christofer
Blinden (sp??? German NGO?), hasn't it? Still hope that's well in place.
From: Kristof & Stacia Nordin <nordin@...>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Date: Sunday, September 15, 2002 2:16 AM
Subject: Re: [ujeni] Re: Help! Suggestions for to-be trainee?
>As PCVs in Jamaica, we also loved our pressure cooker as beans were cooked
>very often. It would be great to have one here, too. Stacia
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