On May 31st, 2012 the Maxwell family boarded a plane and moved to eSwatini (formerly known as Swaziland) to live at Project Canaan. I hope to update my blog on Saturday mornings and share, as honestly as I can, the highs and lows of our life in Africa. We are living on a farm in a remote part of this tiny Kingdom and are serving the community as well as the orphans and vulnerable children of the nation. Thanks for joining us.
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Saturday, April 11, 2020
Looking at our children’s health through the lens of COVID-19
With 261 children living at Project Canaan we have a lot of
health issues every day. We deal with “the normal” HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis,
asthma, boils (lots of boils!) and allergies, but we also have bicycle accidents,
playground falls from kids just being kids.
COVID-19 has not appeared on campus yet, that we know of,
but knowing that it is hiding in the bushes around us makes all of the above more
complicated, and tense.Two weeks ago,
Miriam had a serious bike accident resulting in a head injury and broken tibia
and fibula.It took ten days before she
could see the only orthopedic surgeon in the country for surgery, and that was
at a private hospital, and another two days for us to get a one sentence report
of what surgery had been done.
Earlier this week our little boy Simeon (3.5 years old)
suddenly had a seizure while on the playground, which lasted 2-3 long
minutes.He was unresponsive for a long
time and was taken to a different private hospital and was admitted. They found
a chest infection and tonsillitis and he was admitted for treatment, and they
decided to do a COVID-19 test.The
results take five days, so we should have them tomorrow.Several days later, when he was ready for
discharge, he started vomiting, so is still in the hospital.
Yesterday we had TEN babies from the El Roi baby home go and
see nurse Hannah with high fever and coughing.Our children’s campuses have been on lockdown for two weeks now and any
staff presenting with a fever in the AM (all staff are monitored daily) were
sent to quarantine out of an abundance of caution. And yet, here we are with
ten babies sick in one house.Could it
Kitchen preparations for Easter breakfast.
Last night at midnight I was called by Anthony to tell me
that Roderick (one year old) couldn’t breath and after being given oxygen and
then nebulized, they were rushing him to the same private hospital Simeon is
in.I could hear him in the background
gasping for air and it sounded like an adult saying “Help me! Help me!”When they arrived at the hospital the doctor
said it sounded like he had a chest infection and he was admitted. He will get
a chest x-ray today.
And then there was the day this week that a senior staff member
presented with acute abdominal pain, possible appendicitis, and was rushed to a
third private hospital for care.On a
prompting from the Lord, we sent her to see an OBGYN, who found a 4” x 4”
ovarian cyst that had two twists in the fallopian tube and did emergency
surgery.I simply don’t know what would
have happened to her if she had gone to a government hospital for care at this
Ovarian cyst removed this week.
If you are like me, living during this time of fear and
uncertainty, you likely wondered how COVID-19 might be involved in or impact
any or all of the cases above, and the truth is, we just don’t know, but I
think about it a lot. We pray for protection over our children and staff daily,
but the truth is there is a monster outside our gate who wants to come in, and
he is here to kill and destroy.
Tomorrow is Easter and the timing is perfect.We will focus our eyes on the resurrected
Christ, knowing that He is our protector, He is El Rofi (the God who heals) and
He is El Roi (the God who sees). Please join us for our live Easter service at
9:30AM EST on the Heart for Africa facebook page – I know you will be
Today's craft at Kid's Club.
If you would like to give a very special Easter gift to a
loved one, please consider making a donation to help us with our mounting hospital
bills.You would be giving the gift of
life, and isn’t that exactly what Jesus did for us?