Sorry again for the late blog everyone! We are having to use Rebekah’s phone on her 3G so trying to minimise our usage! Photos are still difficult at the moment, so we may just have to spam you all at the end! 🙁
Hi all, Joey and Callum here! With a ‘lie in’ this morning, we had our 7 o’clockwake up call from Rebekah. With everyone rushing around trying to get in the very cold shower and be at breakfast for 7:30amof which we were presented with pancakes which were lovely!
All fed and watered we were heading off to the local hospital to visit the mums who have given birth to their babies over the last week. Being medical myself (Joey), I found this very difficult seeing how little they had. Working in a major trauma hospital at Southampton General with lots of equipment and resources to hand to then see them with nothing was extremely hard to get my head around, not even a doctor the whole place run by nurses and midwives. If you had complications at birth it was down to the hard working and inspiring nurses and midwives to do the best to save both the mother and baby. A High Dependency Unit/Intensive care which consisted of one very small room; one single incubator and one very small premature baby.
Everyone then spread out across the maternity unit with a basket all prepared last night and gave it to a mother and their baby. Within the baskets were what we would called ‘essentials’ for having a baby including hat, mits, baby grows, maternity pads etc; however these mums didn’t have the ‘essentials’…. they had as little as a blanket and hat to keep their baby warm during this winter season.
These mums are made to bring a bed sheet with them to give birth on otherwise it meant giving birth on the bed without one. After a little conversation with the mummies and a hold of their gorgeous little babies it was time to then head off to the Butterfly Disability Centre, another project run by Alice who is one of the founders of the project we are following this week.
Arriving at the Disability centre everyone was waiting eagerly at the door ready for us! Going around the room we all introduced ourselves alongside the service users. These are people who all come together to support each other through their lives living with complex needs which would be supported through the hospital but some just can’t afford it. Luckily with the help of Alice and wonderful donations from around the world some of the service users are fortunate enough to receive medical attention to support their disabilities. We were then taken on a walk around the village visiting the youth centre, market and local people making different products and foods to sell in and around the village. With a complete circle done we had arrived back at the main room where we were presented with our lunch cooked by the service users of the disability centre. We were cooked a mix of beans in a sauce, rice, spinach and a tomato soup. With some fussy eaters in the team this didn’t go down very well however we tried our best and ate what we can being very grateful for what we had received. Only right, as they had cooked us lunch it was only right to give something back. We unloaded the donations we had been given by people back in the U.K. As always they were very appreciative and thankful for what they were given. It was then time to say our goodbyes and make our way back to butterfly space.
A quick journey back to butterfly we got the team together and went through the plan for the rest of the week. Shuffling through all the resources we got sorted for tomorrow’s lessons and then made our way down to the bay and had a swim in the lake followed by a watch of the sunset listening to music.
To close the evening we are now sat around the campfire reflecting on the day with a roasted marshmallow or 2!