African Mission Newsletter Christmas 2010 by nyut545e2


									                 African Mission Newsletter
                       Christmas 2010
                        Blind project at Fatima Mission
                             A particularly vulnerable group living within Fatima Mission are those
                             who are blind. Fr Jeya, the Franciscan Friar who oversees the
                             mission, was very anxious that they should be given the opportunity
                             of an education. In order for this to happen a number of problems
                             had to be overcome. In addition to the problem of accommodation
                             and school fees a new toilet block with flushing toilets was needed.
     New toilet block        Thanks to the generosity of our supporters we have been able to
                             cover the costs of all the above.

Fr Jeya kept us up to date on what was happening – On February 13 (2010) I went to Lubimbi to
collect three blind children from the same family and brought
them to Fatima Mission on the 14th. They are kept in our
Pastoral Centre. I have talked to Mr. Siwela, a blind Primary
School teacher whom you met when you visited the mission last
time, regarding teaching them. He agreed to give them some
lessons. He is also giving them practical lessons besides their
learning which includes how to use the new toilets, washing
clothes and taking them outside. They are slowly gaining
confidence in walking by themselves though they still need
some form of assistance. The names of the three children are
Collen ((24 years old), Oscar (6 years old) & Helen (18 year

A month later another 19 year old brother joined his siblings. They are all receiving a practical
as well as an academic education, are learning to play musical instruments and are very happy
to be at the Pastoral Centre.

                                                             On the 6th October Fr Jeya wrote - When
                                                             the third term started in September, we
                                                             admitted two deaf and dumb boys,
                                                             Ntandoyinkosi who is 7 years old and
                                                             Daniel who is 6 years old. We also
                                                             admitted another two children from the
                                                             same family who are partially blind,
                                                             Blessing and Knowledge. All of them go to
                                                             Fatima Primary School and are staying in
                                                             the Pastoral Centre. At present there are 7
                                                             children and I am still waiting to see
                                                             another child who I feel would benefit from
                                                             our project for the blind.

                                                             In his latest email on the 10th November
                                                             Fr Jeya wrote - I have taken two partially
                                                             blind children and two deaf and dumb
                                                             children. They are with the other children
                                                             in the Pastoral Centre. Hope this is okay
and with the little resources we have, (I hope) we can manage. Next year I am looking at taking one blind
child and one child who is physically handicapped in a wheelchair. This will bring us to 10 children we
are helping. Thank you very much for all the great help you have done towards these children.
     New double classroom at Dungu Primary School nearing completion
                                                When Nannette and Paddy visited Dungu
                                                Primary School (rural Zimbabwe) in January the
                                                school was in a very poor state. The school is in
                                                an extremely remote area, a two hour drive from
                                                the main road (the only tarmac road in the
                                                vicinity). It had no windows, a dirt floor, wooden
                                                benches, no books, nor any writing material or
                                                pens. The children are very poor, coming from
                                                the Tonga People, one of the poorest groups in
                                                Zimbabwe. Thanks to the generosity of our
supporters we have succeeded in raising funds to provide the school with textbooks, exercise
books and pens. In July we were able to send £16,250 to build a new double classroom. On the
10th November we received the following update from Fr Jeya (the Franciscan Friar overseeing
the work); “Regarding the classroom block project I am waiting for the trusses and I am hoping
that within the next couple of weeks the trusses and roofing materials will reach the place. We
are using Steel Trusses and IBR sheets for the roofing. By the end of November the whole
project will be completed.”

                      Medicines & bandages for Lubimbi Clinic
The vast majority of those living within Fatima Mission’s
boundaries are very poor. African Mission intends to work
with Fatima Mission to improve the life chances of these
people through the provision of new and improved
educational and medical facilities. We envisage that this
will take a number of years to achieve. The only clinic
within Fatima Mission is Lubimbi Clinic. Despite being the
only medical facility in the entire area, when Nannette & I
visited in January it did not have even basic medicines e.g.
neither paracetomol nor bandages. Fr Jeya bought basic
medicines such as painkillers whenever funds allowed.

When we asked Fr Jeya to prioritise which of the many needs facing Fatima Mission he would
like African Mission to support, help with Lubimbi Clinic was one of them. It was therefore with
great pleasure that we have recently been able to cover the annual cost of medicines and
bandages for the clinic. Once again we have only been able to do so thanks to the generosity of
our supporters.

                         Self poisoning case by Dr Ray Towey
                                      A young woman was admitted to the ICU in St Mary’s
                                      Hospital, (Gulu, Uganda) with a history of self poisoning.
                                      She had delivered a baby some months previously and
                                      perhaps she was suffering from severe post natal
                                      depression. She developed a psychiatric disease and
                                      took a poison of insecticide which paralysed all her
                                      muscles and made her unconscious. She was deeply
                                      unconscious and hardly breathing. After 48 hours of
                                      ventilation on one of the Glostavent machines (2 of
which were donated to the hospital by African Mission) she made a good recovery and was able
to go back to the ward. Of course she will need a lot of psychiatric care to restore her to full
health. The ICU has played a major part in getting her back to her seven month old child and
family alive.
      Dr. Ray Towey visits St.Patrick’s & St.Luke’s Hospitals, Zimbabwe
From 3 September to 15 September 2010 I made a visit to 2
hospitals in Zimbabwe to assess the anaesthetic services of those
hospitals and to see if there were any identifiable needs. I arrived into
Victoria Falls on 4 September and was met by the driver from
St.Patrick’s Hospital, who took me to Hwange a journey of one hour
on a good road, where I stayed for 3 days.
                                                                          Ray & Sr. Johanna
I met with the 3 anaesthetists, Miss Sophia Mumba, Mr. Jonah Muunga, Ms. Bimbani
Santingwana, on the evening of 4 September. All three anaesthetists had spent six months in
Bulawayo for training but Miss Bimbani Santingwana had also spent one more year of training
in Harare. We discussed general issues and the problems of obstetric anaesthesia in their

I met with Sr. Johanna Brandstetter the administrator of St.Patrick’s Hospital on Monday 6
September. She showed me around the hospital and pointed out the works being paid for by
African Mission; the building of a new incinerator and the mosquito screens on the hospital

I met the 3 anaesthetists once again in the operating theatre where they showed me the
anaesthetic machine and the monitoring equipment. The monitoring equipment is very good, a
recent donation from an Italian Aid programme.

On 7 September I went by road to St.Luke’s Hospital which is about 2 hours away on a good
road in the direction of Bulawayo. I stayed in St. Lukes’s Hospital for 4 nights. I met with one of
the 2 anaesthetists, Mr. Ngwenya. His training and that of his colleague was a 6 month period in
Mpilo Hospital in Bulawayo.

There were 2 specialists in the hospital, Dr. Schales from Germany who is a gynaecologist and
missionary and Dr. Rudo Gwini, a Zimbabwean who is a specialist physician and hospital
administrator. There were about four other Zimbabwean junior doctors. The hospital has about
200 beds.

Mr. Ngwenya was very busy as he was working alone. The monitoring equipment was a very
old pulse oximeter which cut out very often and a non invasive Blood Pressure (BP) machine
which functioned well. There was no monitoring in the minor theatre other than manual BP
measurement. While I was at St.Luke’s we received my donation of an Ohmeda TruSat pulse
oximeter and handed it over to Mr. Ngwenya. The anaesthetists had no books and I offered to
send some books for them. I intend also to send 2 Mapleson A circuits to replace a faulty Bain

On 11 September I returned to Hwange and met once again Miss Bimbani Santungwana and
re-examined the machine in St.Patrick’s Hospital. I also checked the neonatal resuscitation
equipment in the Maternity and confirmed the presence of the donated Ambu bag. I also met
once again Sr. Johanna Brandstetter who showed me in more detail the current new buildings
which are being erected. I left Zimbabwe from
Victoria Falls on 15 September.                                    African Mission
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               African Mission – Christmas Appeal 2010
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medical projects.” We are at present supporting Dr Ray Towey’s work in Uganda and three
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