Swazis see something in their newborn babies and sometimes name them according to that observation, such as Fortunate and Goodwill and, yes, even Welcome.
Wondering what piece of the puzzle you can be? Read between the following lines and ponder the possibilities.
Swazi ladies may live in huts without running water or electricity. They may have several young children to feed and to clothe. But after carrying a child for nine months, giving birth creates joy when a child is healthy and sorrow when a baby is not.
Harry, Echo and the TLC team must be ready for anything. That’s apparent at every clinic.
A man and his wife sat down in front of Dr. Harry and shyly unveiled their medical problems. The husband was suffering with an abscess behind his right ear; his wife hurt all over because of abscesses in her armpit.
Two years ago, The Luke Commission met Nhlanhla at a mobile clinic in the deep south of Swaziland. He was sad and desperate.
“Some doctors want to amputate my leg. Can you help me, Doctor?” pleaded Nhlanhla, age 18. “My leg has been draining for 8 years.”
Sikalela Tsabedze shuffled into a Luke Commission comprehensive care clinic a year ago in northern Swaziland. Sickness accompanied his every step.
Consider this story from an April bush clinic: More than 150 agree to discover their HIV status. This alone is miraculous in a country where denial of the elephant-in-the-room is still the norm.
Many volunteers from America are working with Harry and Echo and the Swazi team this summer. Each person brings his own expectations and talents but leaves Swaziland knowing he has received more than he has given.
Here in Swaziland “compassionate medicine” is not just a slogan. We see it played out with your funds at every clinic.
“We can feel your absence. Swaziland is missing you. There are more people who need you – your tender care and sacrifice.
A rich, young South African named Rodney came to bush clinic recently. He lived in a mansion on the Indian Ocean, had all the money and good times anyone could desire. But he knew something was missing.