We are returning to South Africa in November 2015 after a long stay in Canada because of events in the previous year:
- In August, 2014, we were asked by Dr. Samu Camara, who was both the medical and the operational director of Pholela Community Health Centre (CHC), to work with her and her staff in the revitalization of Pholela and the eight clinics which report to Pholela. By that time Ndawana had been completely taken over by the Department of Health and the vast majority of our time was devoted to Pholela.
- Together with Samu we organized a planning retreat at our home at Douglas Drift for senior staff of the CHC and its clinics. We had been working together for several months when she was killed in a traffic accident on Christmas Day 2014. She was an inspirational leader, and for us a very dear friend and colleague. There was no obvious leader to take her place at that time. In the succeeding months a new physician manager was appointed and he has asked us to join Pholela to continue what we started earlier.
- Almost simultaneously with Samu’s death some of our funding ran out with the withdrawal of PEPFAR support to our partner, TB/HIV Care, in Harry Gwala District. It seemed that our time in South Africa was at an end. We sold Douglas Drift to friends, with the agreement that we could return and stay in one of the cottages if the situation changed.
- We continued to provide financial and technical support to our small staff in Ndawana to carry on with the children and community health programs. We’re happy to report that the amazing and beautiful people we have carrying on in Ndawana (Busi, Sandile, Thabi and the rest) are doing a great job. Every month there are more children registered in the software application.