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It's been HELL IN THE HALLWAYS IN CHICAGO AND AFRICA

While I have seemingly been writing inspirational messages to some people, I have been going through a lot of trauma and problems here in Chicago trying to manage some people in Africa/Zambia.
The past 3 weeks have been important.

Single orphan means an orphan has one parent alive.
Double orphan means she has no parents alive.

Beverly(A boy) had his mother collapse a few weeks ago. I wired money and got her to the doctor and stabilized with meds through western union. And food.

Then one kid I sponsor Levi said his Auntie Grace was acting crazy. It was pressure. We thought she had kidney disease because she could not sleep on either side. I sent money for a private doctor and it turned out her ribs were fused together from carrying heavy things like firewood for so long. So, I sent food and medicine money and had them all sit down for a meeting explaining this could no longer continue. That Grace cannot work carrying anything ever again and that all these lazy men had to start helping and set up a schedule. That seemed to work out fine.

Then a week ago Beverly's mother collapsed again. She had stopped taking meds because she ran out. And perhaps she wasn't diagnosed appropriately in this developing country who has suffered brain drain.

Then Levi wrote that Grace was dizzy., falling, excessively thirsty, etc. He took her to a doctor who would not see her because she had no money to pay. So, he was emailing asking me the name of cheap meds for high blood pressure which is what he was told by the Doctor she probably had. I was concerned because it sounded like diabetes and she needed tests done. So, we took care of that thanks to Western Union. Yes, she has diabetes, is on meds, is eating. I learned today that she was supposed to go back to the doctor daily but was not due to lack of transport. So, I had to remind Levi that he could get transport with Aaron my driver when I am there and I will pay him when I get there the end of the month.

Then, Beverly's mother collapsed and is sick again with no money.

Then in the middle of this Constantino Sampa, who I sponsor and lovingly call The KIng, is so sick that he cannot stop coughing and is very very sick with no food, no money and so forth. So, I wire money for the Doctor, food and meds. Levi was to go back with The King Monday for diagnosis, etc. Except when he went back Monday the Doctor wasn't there and was off for the day and no one could tell him anything. Some one, unqualified, gave him a list of meds to get. Then he went the next day. NO doctor. Then I told him to go today, ask for another doctor or nurse as The King is coughing and very ill, but then so is Catherine and Grace.

I said to be sure to get his diagnosis. He just emailed me that the doctor said because his shoes are so tight his veins are not open and that is making him cough. Plus he drinks so much ice water it is making his veins get smaller inside. W H A T ???? Then he gave me a list of medicines he was to get The King except they were all different from the former list. I looked some up and they are for allergies, lung disease, pneumonia and all sorts of things. But I still do not know the diagnosis or what is appropriate.

Why am I telling you all this? I do not know. I guess I want to show you that though I live in Chicago, Illinois, my love is for helping the Africans and the frustration at being helpless unless I am literally there myself is huge. Even when I am there, I have to hide because if the natives see I am white the doctors, shop keepers and all, triple the price for everything. That part I don't mind. I can handle it. It is very difficult without knowledgeable people handy there to keep things going. I am allowed to be in that country 90 days out of the year.

I just left an email begging Levi to go with an intelligent adult to get the correct diagnosis and to tell The KIng to take off his shoes.

Of course, I wired money but now Levi is not sure how to prioritize.

Prays, everyone. I am asking for prayers. I know this is what you all go through on a daily basis. I applaud your efforts as I also applaud mine.

Ubuntu (I am who I am because of who we are together).

The picture of me is with Beverly's mother, Catherine, a few years ago

Wendy

Comments

Greengirl's picture

Blessings!

God bless your very large and generous heart Wendy!

Africa is so blessed in terms of human and natural resources, but the greed of most African leaders has undeniably left most Africans grappling with poverty. If the Zambian Government were alive to it's responsibility of making life comfortable for the citizens, I bet you wouldn't have to worry over the likes of Beverly and Catherine each time you are away from Africa.

My heart goes out to all those you care for, just as I pray that Greed and Corruption ceases in my dear continent "Africa".

Love and Hugs to you!

Olanike

Wendyiscalm's picture

Eloquant again Olanike

Again, you are eloquant in your words. I really appreciate the encouragement.

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Greengirl's picture

Thank you!

You are always welcome.

Best Wishes,

Olanike

Nakinti's picture

Good work Wendy!

Hello Wendy,
It takes a good heart to care for people who are not related to you. Thank you for uplifting the lives of Levi, Bervely's mother, auntie Grace and many more...may God bless you abundantly.
Don't worry about the price increase at the sight of a white man in Zambia...it happens to every foreigner. Do you know that when i was working in Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China, the nationals/business people always tripled the prize of anything they sold to me...but I am black, and I am African. For close to 3 weeks, I bought international call cards on a daily basis for 110yuan from them. Then one day I got there with one of my colleagues, a Chinese, I gave her 110yuan to buy me a call card, she came back with 3 international call cards and a balance of 10yuan. You see...I could not believe it. She told me that is what happens to foreigners in her country. It is not only in Zambia, It is everywhere...yeah, maybe. When I came back to my apartment i went to my colleague's apartment and told him the story....he was an American, Jeremy. He told me he suffered that for several months as a white man, he never knew they could do that to a black man as well.
Wendy, thank you for your commitment to helping humanity, to helping my brothers and sisters from another mother in Zambia.
Lots of Love from Cameroon.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Wendyiscalm's picture

THANKS AGAIN_

Thanks again, Nakinti, for your story and your advice.

It helps.

Have a good day,

Your friend,.

Wendy from Chicago

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

For those interested in the boy, Constatnino Sama, tha I I call the King, he has TB..

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

Greengirl's picture

So Sad!

My heart goes out to the King and I wish him speedy recovery.

Please Wendy, don't get too worried, I am sure with the right prescriptions, he'll be up and about in no time.

Best Wishes,

Olanike Olugboji

Wendyiscalm's picture

Thanks again

Thanks again, Olanike, for your support of The King. I will be sure to have him read this email when I get to Zambia. It will make him feel important that he was part of a conversation on the internet. Haha!

Ubuntu,

Wendy

Wendy Stebbins
Founder/CEO
I AM ONE IN A MILLION Non-Profit Organization focused on helping street orphans and vulnerable children in Livingstone, Zambia Africa.

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