“Until the end of my stay, I worked with limited resources. There were many power cuts in recent times and as oil is quite expensive, we could not use the generator in the hospital on a continual basis. So we had to stitch wounds in the dark with a torch and give injections by the light of oil lamps. I also learned to make urinals with plastic water bottles, very handy and effective!
These last three months were also rich in human relationships. During and after my daily work I spent much time with patients and staff. I went to visit them, the people I met every day. They were very proud to show me their homes and the places where they live! I realized that when people have nothing, their dignity is to give, and receive at home. I also understood that we should not place too much emphasis on material goods as there is the risk of preventing people from growing on their own.
The main difficulty for me was to find the right balance: to be present and available to listen, to pay attention, reflect, learn from each other and wait... that is the mission! To wait is not a waste of time! Ultimately, the difficulties I encountered were much less important when compared to the beauty of meetings and exchanges. Without saying that we all look alike, these meetings have shown me that we are all really and concretely part of the same human family.”