Last week

Usually on Mondays we have a medication day. The pharmacists from Emmaus hospital come to Isibani and with the help of our volunteers we give out ARV and other chronic medication to our clients.
Last week about 230 people collected their treatment at Isibani.

On Tuesday, the Place of Safety children went for a trip to the Reptile Centre in the Berg. We hired a bus so we could all travel together and off we went to see the animals. Some of us did not like the thought of holding a snake or a spider but others really enjoyed patting the creatures!  Our house mums were not really excited about the snakes which the children could wrap around their necks.

Sadly, we cannot show any pictures of that trip because we have to protect the children’s identity whilst they are in our care at the Place of Safety.

Sindi went to see a client that she has being taking care of for a while. Recently she was not doing so well and was admitted to hospital. Several times Sindi went back to her house trying to find her with no success. Eventually, this lady came to Isibani to report that she is doing much better and that she is now able to walk independently again.

On Thursday, the whole team had a first aid session and we shared our knowledge about how to treat burns and rescue someone in a fire situation without bringing any harm to ourselves. We also spoke about how to stabilise a patient and what to do in a car accident.

In June, we offered a ten days trauma counselling training for team members who are involved in the community and also for other selected community members. The training was held by the LifeLine Organisation. On Friday, the trainer came to Isibani to hand out the certificates to the participants. The training finished with a test to assess participants knowledge of what they had learned.. The LifeLine trainer was very excited to announce that from all the trainings she had given before the Isibani participants had the best results in their tests. Congratulations to all of you!!

BY SANDRA PETERS

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