In just such a way, Clare Hanbury and her organisation Children For Health (www.childrenforhealth.org/) is developing material for children living in impoverished Asian and African countries around the major health issues that they face.
They are specifically targeting children who look after other children, which means many, many children (especially girl children) who come to Paleng, which is why we asked if we could work with Clare and her team.
Our work at Paleng is to find out which of these (and/or other) illnesses affect our children here, to help develop story lines and illustrations for the major illnesses in Malea-lea, and eventually to produce little health storybooks that will be given out freely to children and their families. We are working with our local clinic, and Ntate Mabele the Head Nurse is supporting us in this. He will be an important source of feedback on the work, and his clinic a useful point of distribution for these little books.
We have identified a small group of children with whom we are starting our process, and we held a parent’s meeting to make sure that they are on board and in agreement with this little project.
We believe that this activity has the potential to make a real impact on children’s lives, and by extension those of their families, and the bonus is that they also get to read!