To the ends of the earth…and back!

Update on Viona!

Thank you for your continued prayers for Viona, she is doing fabulously well!

Ellen and I visited little Viona and her caregiver, Mama Ndogo, in Dar es Salaam last week. Viona looked so healthy and strong, we were so relieved. She just received her third of six chemotherapy treatments to rid her little six-year old body of a germ cell tumor. Once we arrived at the hospital, we swept Viona and Mama away for a delicious lunch then a supermarket trip.

The visit was so special and all four of us ladies had a great time. At a few points we had to have our waitress translate conversation for us, which she did happily once Mama explained the work Ellen and I are doing at Shalom. Before leaving, we called Mama Warra and not only did she speak with Mama Ndogo and Viona, but she then passed the phone to some other staff members and children at Shalom. Watching Viona’s little face light up as she spoke to her brothers and sisters for the first time in a few months was sweeter than anything.

Perhaps the most exciting bit of news was the okay we received from Doctor Trish to bring Viona home for Christmas at Shalom!

Here’s the pretty girl about to enjoy some lunch!

The four of us…and Obama!

Viona talking to her brothers and sisters! She was nothing but smiles!

Once Ellen and I arrived back at Shalom, we showed pictures of Viona and Mama Ndogo to the children as well as some video that Ellen and I had taken. The children were more than ecstatic to receive news that Viona is doing well and getting stronger each day. Here they are surrounding Ellen and then at my computer looking at photos!

Art and Crafts Time

For nearly two hours on Friday evening, we opened the door to our office and allowed a slew of the children to come in and have some arts and crafts time. From drawing pictures, coloring/tracing, to teaching in English, I had a most fantastic time. Every few minutes there’d be someone saying “Eliza, pen please!” “Eliza, please marker!” We’ve come a long way since they’d just look at me and say “YOU BOOK!”

Pole pole!

I am constantly in awe by how hungry they are for knowledge. They are just beautiful!

3 responses

  1. Cathy

    Oh, Eliza, I do love what you are doing! You book!

    23/11/2009 at 15:14

  2. Keep it up Liz, talk and hopefully see you when you are home.


    27/11/2009 at 23:16

  3. Dee Jones

    Liz, it was good to see the pictures of Viona! She is adorable and looks so healthy and happy. All the children are precious. i am so proud of the work you are doing.
    Aunt Dee

    02/12/2009 at 02:39

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