Here at Maternity Africa, we are delighted that Hosiana has become a member of our team.
At the beginning of this year, she came here for her 8 weeks’ placement during her course at Tengeru Institute of Community Development. We were so impressed by her commitment and love for the women, that we negotiated with her sponsors, UNITE THE WORLD WITH AFRICA FOUNDATION, and pursued a further placement to work in the centre.
Hosiana arrived at the beginning of September and has already had an impact on the projects that we are developing around maternity care for teenagers and the education and empowerment for those vulnerable women who come for fistula treatment.
Hosiana comes from a remote Maasai village in the Mkuru area of Northern Tanzania. She and her baby attended a community outreach training by UNITE a few years ago in her community. The team were delighted by her questions and insight and decided that she was an ideal candidate to be sponsored through higher education. She completed her certificate in Community Health in August and joined the team here in Kivulini Maternity Centre with a plan to spend a year with us and allow her to put all her training into practice.
Last week Hosiana was one of 5 employees that completed a five-day in-house counselling course. These skills will be used to develop the emotional care and compassion we deliver to these precious, vulnerable women who have walked through so much difficulty and isolation before coming to Kivulini.
We are grateful for the course being sponsored by the BEN McDonald Fund. Thanks also to UNITE THE WORLD WITH AFRICA FOUNDATION for choosing to send such a beautiful young, Maasai woman to be on our team.
Maternity Africa continue to grow here in Arusha and we couldn’t do this without the support of so many donors and partners who are working alongside us to bring hope and healing to those women in this community who deserve the best we can offer.