Monthly Archives: October 2019

Pablo Mellado: educate, prevent, help

The workshop for prenatal education oriented to migrant women who reside in Concepción was made, the main objective was to inform about the health system that operates in our country and how important health check-ups are for pregnant women.   

The workshop took place in the Urban Station premises, Africa Dream’s strategic ally in Concepción, who have contributed with the necessary space for the making of these meetings and workshops. 

 The lecture was given by Yahaira Salgado, resident in Obstetrics in Universidad San Sebastián, who perform as a volunteer in our team since last year. 

She says the following: “What motivates me to make this prenatal workshop is to teach migrant women who live in Chile, all the benefits that the government ensures, in addition to the benefits for that developing girl or boy. It is very important to include this community to this type of citizens (prenatal) because in their home countries they do not have this kind of check-ups or benefits nor do they have midwives, therefore they do not go to cesfam to get a check-up. This has turn into a challenge for the field in our territory. When the first workshop was made, I was very comfortable; I tried to use a simple language to explain the proceedings that were to be done when they went to CESFAM to get a check-up on their pregnancy. I did it with a lot of love and dedication and I hope I was able to reach out to them and that the second they know they are expecting they will know what to do”.    

 

Some of the attendants said the following:

 

Madeleine Redondo, along with her partner, Isaac Muñoz, both from Venezuela said: “We think is a very good workshop, the way it was made, how instructive it was, he doubts and myths that were solved, things that we did not know about and what we didn’t know about regarding the support we could find in different CESFAM centers and check-ups that they provide”. 

Hinetide Louissant, from Haiti, who is actually 4 months pregnant: “I am very thankful for the workshop, it was very good and it was a chance to resolve any doubts about my pregnancy, and also the way the check-ups are made. I will look forwards to know when other workshops will take place”. 

Pablo Mellado, nurse, Regional Director for Africa Dream says: “As a team we are very happy with the result of this activity, the acceptance and hoe it reached people were very good. We met the objective fully in this first session and finally, there are two other workshops awaiting, these will be about education pre and post natal education; they will take place during the first weeks of October and we will give information about it through our social networks. We invite all migrant women who live in Concepción, that are currently pregnant

Karla Jimenez: Eswatini and its people 

In this month of celebrations in my beautiful country, I want to take the advantage to express gratitude to Eswatini and its people, for making me feel like home. Firstly, for showing me that there is plenty of kindness no matter the reason and the resources, secondly, for receiving me with care; for teaching me their culture and open the doors of their home with a smile and a hug. So much that even they have knocked my door to give me food, with so much effort, and as a proof of love. I would like to transmit somehow the esteem and gratitude to every person who I have had the luck to meet, for their smiles, the joy in the children’s eye and the story of each, who have had opened their hearts to me. 

Truly, for me is kind of hard to express in words how this experience has taught me to appreciate and see life in a different way, but if I try to define it, it would be smiles, hugs, (at this point, everyone think that in Chile we greet with hugs!), gestures, caress in the hair and face, simplicity, kindness, happiness for the simple things in life, among other things. 

On the other hand, the affection of children is so pure and honest, despite that most of the children of St. Joseph Home, are in a disability situation, and the majority were abandoned by their parents, they still show their love from the first second. 

On the part of adults, who I had the opportunity to share as much as the children, they are people rich in spirit, which they show in their daily life. They are human’s beings so grateful for what they have, and that is right and proper to live. Despite that, they care for each other, the neighbors and the defenseless. Therefore, that is what makes special people from Eswatini, and I think that is exactly what we need to learn and imitate. 

During this time, I could relate a lot with my neighbors, while we wash our cloth, or when we go to search for water to cook and showering. I think that in those minutes, doing simple things is when the best conversations and laughter had taken place. Even, one day, they lend me some traditional African cloth to assist to “Umhlanga Reed Dance Eswatini”, that is a celebration where the king chooses a new wife, who is added to the other currently 17 wives. To me, that celebration was a unique experience to feel closer to the Eswatini culture and be one of them. 

Finally, I would like to thank the Africa Dream Foundation and every one of the partners who make all of this possible, and to the people who participate every day in our raise fund events, as my best friend said, “not everything has a price… some things don’t have measurable value”. And this is the experience here in Africa, learning that you don’t get from a book, neither buy it, just to live it and carry with you forever.

To respect traditions is to respect ourselves

Viviana Zambrano

Directora Fundación Africa Dream

Over the month of September in Chile we experiment a stimulation of national symbols, of programs
that show us the traditions of different places of our country and while September 18 th , our national
holiday, gets closer the music on the radio turns into tunes and cuecas (music of national dance) and we
start to remember our childhood, dances, empanadas and games. Maybe the foreign people look at us
with amazed eyes and without understanding much. Nevertheless, they sense that “all of this” matters.
Those same eyes are the ones when we travel and face different customs holidays from other realities,
the same expressions of curiosity of our volunteers in Africa show when they are facing to cultural
demonstration of customs that are different from our experience.
In Africa Dream, we know that the rituals and cultural practices of each community, which we interact
has a value to them, and we connect with that sense, empathizing and embracing that difference.
Sometimes it is not easy and it challenges our mental models. That is the moment when we invite our
volunteers and ourselves to connect with a dimension that makes us “one”: as human beings we seek to
express what we feel, to celebrate and be happy.
To connect with that common spirit from humanity, that it is in our DNA and comes from our ancestors,
thousands of generations ago, it makes us brothers in essence of everyone who inhabits this planet. And
in families, the ancestors are honored and the customs are respected, we ask about the sense by putting
ourselves in their shoes. As volunteers, we do that in the places where we are taken, to create a better
reality, and we honored their traditions and the planet with our Big Family.

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