The team Nurses, Adele and Heather, have spent the last 2-days working with the nurses at a Health Centre and Maternity hospital. The Golden Oldies also presented the medical equipment and supplies to the poorly resourced facilities. Unbeknown to us a senior nurse had a desperate request for 2 nebulisers and guess what the team had with them to donate to the Centre. Two nebulisers!
The Golden Oldies Interns trekked inland through mud and slippery tracks to a squatter village near the mangroves.
They live solely by their crops and fishing. Rowing out to sea on a falling tide, rowing their boats out through the mangroves, fishing for sardines, then returning on an incoming tide. We arrived with their catch landed and being bagged for sale to other villages in the squatter area. Two days later they do it all again. That’s their life. But serene, and happy to chat to all the Interns.
Their biggest issue. Securing ownership of the land they were born on. It’s one of the projects the Anglican Mission Board is supporting and it made the team feel proud of this part partnership already underway to fulfil their dream.
A trip to an Old People’s Home grabbed the attention of the Government. They are now wanting to prioritise greater care and support for their elderly, and heard about the Golden Oldies. A senior Government Official met us at the Home and we spent time discussing aged-care. They are keen to continue that dialogue after the Golden Oldies visit, seeing they can learn much from them.