Archive for Februar, 2016

postheadericon Maji Safi Group’s Highlights of 2015

We were all really busy within Maji Safi Group during the last year. I am proud of my colleagues work and thankful, being part of their team.

Here are some last year’s highlights.

16/07/2015: Mereciana giving information to a mother

16/07/2015: Mereciana giving information to a mother

postheadericon A Dog Story

Time ago, I provided you a cat story, because cats and internet are going so well together. As a lot of people are more fancy about dogs, I guess it’s time, to write about my two big babies. Silas and Irdhi are twin brothers and came to us, as they were just four weeks old. I was so sure, that they will die soon, that I did not take pictures of them. Because they were soooo cute and sweat and I could hold both of them in one hand. My brother Gilbert used to feed them several times a day with milk out of a bottle. Sometimes, he added some sugar to the milk – he was also scared sometimes, that they would die. After a few weeks and after Gilbert and I built them a nice house in my backyard, they moved to „Mama“ Susan’s place.

First picture: Silas on the left, Irdhi on the right side

First picture: Silas on the left, Irdhi on the right side

They were nearly falling into their food…

My babies

My babies

Silas was the strong one, Irdhi was a bit weak and one evening, he nearly died. The veterinary from Shirati could safe his life, but he was struggling for a long time.

Irdhi, nearly dying

Irdhi, nearly dying

Silas turned out to be cheeky and ready, to try everything out. Like escaping the dog house.

Silas tries to escape

Silas tries to escape

So they as time went on, they grew into big, strong watch dogs, taking care for the security on our compound.

Destroying some plants

Destroying some plants

 

Playing with Zilpa on the compound

Playing with Zilpa on the compound

We also explored Shirati together, went up on the hills and to the lake.

Irdhi and Silas playing with friends on the hills over Shirati

Irdhi and Silas playing with friends on the hills over Shirati

 

At the lake for the first time

At the lake for the first time

With Bobby, the cat, they get friends, and they protect the cat like they were big brothers. Sometimes, they eat together but everyday they love to play together.

One family

One family

One family

One family

All so tired...

All so tired…

So they became teenagers and most of all Silas grow into a sometimes really angery bunch of hormons. In the meantime, he’s the small one, as poor little weak Irdhi turned into a big massive dog. Irdhi still seems to believe he’s a little dog and wants to play like a puppy – and to lick everyone. People are afraid of Irdhi, because he is big and wants to play with everybody, but the dangerous one is Silas. I guess, because he lost somehow his position or so. One day, Silas was so angry, he bite me in my hand. The wounds were not big, but deep. I had to go to the hospital and get antibiotics and was afraid to get an infection. Bad beahvior!!!!

In December 2015, they figured out, there is much more fun out of the compound: there are female dogs to have fun with. Silas escaped several times and came back with wounds. I had to chain them even at night. Irdhi was howling all night long and the whole family could not sleep anymore. So the time was definitely come, to meet the doctor.

I witnessed in the beginning of last year, how a regional „specialist“ did a castration of a dog. And I had to assist. It was terrifying. Even the dog get an injection, the poor animal could feel everything, was not sleeping or dizzy at all. So for me it was clear, that was no way of doing it with my babies. I found a real good veterinary from Mwanza. Sometimes, he’s also working in Musoma. So we put the dogs into a car and went to Musoma. It was a crazy drive, but we made it. We could stay at my friends house in Musoma and there also the surgeries happened (see pictures below).

After about three days Silas and Irdhi were fit again and enjoying their new life, without „balls“… Irdhi did not really change is behavior. But Silas seems to be a different dog. He wants to be hugged and caressed, wants to lick me all the time and is (right now) not aggressive at all anymore. We will see, what time will bring…

postheadericon Our work in cholera regions

Since the beginning of December 2015, Maji Safi Group is out in the field again, teaching and informing thousands of people. At marketplaces, where the fishermen meet, at schools, at family homes, as a part of village meetings etc. The big difference to our work we did in April/May, is, that we enlarged the aerea, we do our work again. For a whole week, the Community Health Worker stayed in Musoma and taught hundreds of citizens in that region. Musoma is about 2,5 hours drive by car from Shirati away.

But this time, we work even closer together with the governement. Maji Safi Group was asked from official side, to support the governement in the fight against cholera. Every day, we receive the actual data about new cases, how many sick people stay in hospitals, how many were released from hospitals, died or are still in „bedstate“.

Maji Safi Group is actually supported by the governement with first aid supplies (such as ORS, gloves etc.), flyers, posters and fuel for the car. From the WHO, we received teaching material, which is now daily in use. But as not all the costs are covered, our colleagues in the US are very busy trying to find money and donators.

The Community Health Workers did just have a short break on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – and worked all other days. It is impressing, how motivated they are. They are really tired by now and some of them started compensating overtime and getting some holidays. As they definitely need to rest and recover, we have a rotation system, that all of them can get some holidays.

At the moment, it looks like the number of cases is going down. But we just read a report from the UN and the WHO, concerning the El Niño-phenomenon (read also this article). Due to the weather conditions, there is a high possibility, that the cases will raise again and other diseases may break out as well. So we just hope, that we will soon have a bit time to go back to work „as usual“, with our different programs for the citizens of Shirati and that Tanzania will not be hit by more diseases.

postheadericon We fight against cholera again

In August 2015, the first new cholera cases were recorded in Tanzania. Read this article about this new, heavy outbreak.

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postheadericon Nipo!

„Nipo!“ is Kiswahili and means „I am here!“. It is also used in greetings, as answer to the question „Upo?“. Maybe you thought already, I disappeared… No way, I have a busy, funny, adventurous life out here. I am completely fine. But I have had real heavy problems with internet connections. But, keep your fingers crossed that it last for a long time, it seems, my struggles have an end. A new company (origin from Korea or so…) is establishing network (phone and internet) in Tanzania. They fight quite agressive against the long established player on the Tanzanian market. In rural aereas, we profit a lot of that strategy: we finally have a quite good working internet connection out here. The company even sets up new antennas in many places.

And here, we all are excited and happy to have new and more antennas – while in Switzerland many people fight hard against it. But if you have a real need, things look different, as always.

So now, that I have better chances to get online than just wrote some words on Facebook (this tool works even with the slowest connections sometimes), I will catch up with some stories and let you know about actual „going-ons“ in and around Shirati.