|Where's Michael going? Better take a picture...|
|From Left: Mery, Nehun, Lydia, Patricia, Claudia, Belkis, Jacinto, Irene, Carlota|
Since the empowerment process is more about how the people involved see themselves and less about how we view it, let me now turn the story over to the ladies involved. I asked each of the community agents to tell me about themselves, their vision for the workshop, and what they anticipate their specialization to be.
I have been a part of the workshop for the full 2.5 years. I am 34 and have 4 children. I am most motivated by the sense of having a greater responsibility to my neighbors. I am already a nurse in my community, but I enjoy learning more about blood pressure and asthma. The other agents help me make house calls to the elderly and sick individuals in town. We are a wellness team.
|A Picture of Tranformation|
I heard about the program and joined late, but I plan to graduate with the rest of the community agents. I am 41-years-old. I have 4 children and 1 grandchild. I have joined the workshop for them. My biggest interest interest is in how to prevent and treat anemia and diarrhea. It is always easier to prevent than to treat. I enjoy learning about the HIV diagnosis test, but only the health center actually gets to give the test. I think my specialization will be in children's health.
The workshop has changed the way I think about my village, my family, and my life. I am 17-years-old with 2 children. I attend all of Byron's programs and enjoy learning about everything he teaches. All of the information is very valuable, but personally my favorite part is the way the workshops make me feel about myself. My self-esteem has improved a lot since beginning the program. For the first time I feel like I belong somewhere. I think I would like to specialize in HIV prevention and awareness.
|The time to put both feet in the boat is now.|
Thank you for the workshop. It is an experience I never thought I would have the pleasure to enjoy. I am 26 and have 2 children. I like learning how to take care of children better, and I really like using the blood pressure cuff. I check my grandmother's blood pressure. When it is high I give her garlic, and I can tell a difference in a few days.
As a 21-year-old mother of one, I joined the program to learn how to raise a healthier baby. What I learned is how to build a healthier village. I enjoy learning about water filtration and diarrhea-prevetion. One thing we learned that none of us knew about before was how to mix an oral solution for diarrhea treatment. Before we thought we could only get that type of medicine from the health center or medical brigades. I will probably specialize in children's health and have already begun visiting homes to take sick kids to the health center. I would like to see the health center participate more in the workshops. I really enjoyed meeting Kathy and Sarah from SIFAT and Sarah's lesson on saving money for emergencies.
|Who would you like to partner with in their future projects?|
I am 31 with 4 kids, and I am most interested in working in the area of supporting patients with HIV and AIDS. I believe I can help a lot of people in this area because I have seen a lot of people die from AIDS. I want to help people with AIDS with their self-esteem and help community members learn how to better interact with AIDS patients.
I am a 58-year-old woman with 6 children. I thought I knew something, but all the information Byron shares with us is new. This workshop is a success because the word of God is the guide. Byron does not preach, but I hear Jesus in the way he talks about self-esteem and clean water. It teaches the youth to be good women. The workshop is changing the way I think about my devotion to my neighbors.
I thank the Lord for the group of community agents training to lead our community, and I pray that they will remain healthy to do so. I am a 52-year-old woman with 4 kids. I knew about the workshop and didn't think I had any business being a part of it. I didn't think the workshop was a serious thing. My sister, Carlota, invited me, and I have learned a lot from Byron. The workshop will transform the way our community thinks about environment and education, health and saving money. I started a savings and loan cooperative before, and it fell apart. After SIFAT's Sarah Mamami from Bolivia came to teach us how to save our money, I feel confident that the group will succeed the next go around.
|Luke 8:3 "These women were helping to support them out of their own means."|
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