09 July 2017

The Most Important Visit We've Ever Made

On a typical, business-as-usual day in early July 2013, I walked into the Bloc OpĂ©ratoire to help with the dressing changes of our burn patients.  As I pushed through the swinging doors which divide the Surgical Ward from the Operating Theaters,  I met a three year-old that would greatly influence the color and texture of my entire experience at Galmi Hospital.

F. was sent for treatment at our hospital from a centre about an hour and a half northeast of us.  She had already been an inpatient in that facility for five months, but half of her burns were still open, unable to heal.  While at Galmi, she underwent several skin grafts and endured repetitive surgeries to carefully cut through the scars that were developing around her eyes.  For a year she battled the heat, wearing a specially fabricated face mask to combat the scarring process.

Our efforts bore some success.  But not enough.  And now, four years later, in addition to bearing evidence of her wounds across her face, she is manifesting the reality of her emotional scars.

08 July 2017

L'Abeille Boutique

Since moving to Niger in 2011, I've fallen in love with west African wax prints & batiks.  Of course, being a native New Yorker, I still struggle to be covered from head-to-toe in vibrant colors and patterns, but when it comes to my sewing and crafting projects, I just can't get enough!

Now, I'm excited to announce that through the wonderful world of Etsy, I can help spread the fabric-love!  That's right, I've opened an Etsy Shop!

L'Abeille Boutique is now open and ready for business!  Just click here to head on over for a browse.  

Know an avid quilter or crafter?  Be sure to send them our way!