18 November 2011

The View from Here

Nurses from the hospital giving babies vaccinations.
We spent the morning with the vaccination team in a local village.  My Momma handed out Vitamin A to moms and babies.  I wandered and took photos.  We both made many children cry . . . simply by saying hello.  Guess they don't get too many ghost-like faces in their neighborhood.

I went mainly to get a better idea of what daily life is like for my patients, since, for most of them, Galmi is considered a pretty big town.  Thought you might enjoy the little village of Gidan Miko 1 & 2 from the other side of my camera.  Enjoy.


Women pounding millet kernels off of dried stalks.

Women and girls pounding millet kernels into
powder to be cooked and then covered in sauce.

We drew quite the crowd.
But not everyone was happy to see us.
Many of the little ones are not used to white
faces, so having 3 of us there was quite scary!
Most didn't want to come too close and cried
when we smiled and said hello.
Others didn't seem to even notice we were there.
Todays inoculations included polio, tetanus, and hepatitis B. 
Mommies of all ages brought their little ones for shots.
Dust-covered older siblings made for a captive audience.

The local greasy-spoon.

Fisher-Price, village style.

Everyone was incredibly friendly.
And curious.

My Momma and her newest African grandbaby.

The kids were surprisingly cautious at first, but then warmed to us in no
time.
They begged to have their photos taken.
And still some pretended to hide from the camera.
Last shot as we were leaving the village: a
little girl loads up her donkey with water
from the well.

11 comments:

Mary Jane said...

Great pictures, loved yesterday's post about the camel ride, I can just hear you and your mom.  Thanks for sharing. Lots of love and prayers.

Barb said...

I find it curious that one village looks like another; glad it is not so with people - that God made each little face unique.  Precious!

Bethany Reamer said...

they have such beautiful smiles!

Chcpe said...

Deb, you are a truly gifted photographer. You have an amazing knack for capturing people at their best. These children are amazing...and all are smiling! Your mom must be having a great time, and I'm sure she is proud of you. Keep sending pics! C

Shal said...

Love the pictures, especially the little girl at the well. I wonder what she would think of the story of Rebecca. Thanks for sharing!

Malamacindy said...

Thanks, Deb!

Deb. said...

Don't they!?! And you should hear their laughter!! GORGEOUS!

Deb. said...

Thanks!! The hard part is working and shooting at the same time. But I'll see what I can do.

Deb. said...

I love the connection of her with Rebecca! Thanks Shal, what a great visual!

Deb. said...

Hope they don't make you homesick. You guys are missed around here!

Rosemarybluman said...

Love the color in their clothes and the light in their smiles!  Wonderful!  Hugs to you two.
Rosie