Working together in respect
Good morning to all women in this group,
I am a French girl, working on maternal health in partnership with Kenyan organizations - especially in the Kwale county. I have been twice to this region to work with my Kenyan colleagues, hospital staff and community health workers.
It's been long time I'm also on World Pulse but thought it's time to interact more with Kenyan women here (as a French speaker, I'm more familiar with the Congolese group here).
When I go to Kwale, as a white girl, I try hard to be respectful of the people we encounter, especially women living in rural communities. I can very welll imagine that having "Western" people arriving and working on health must sometimes be tiring and confusing for local communities.
Have some of you already interacted with foreigners working on health issues in Kenya? What should we as foreigners do to respect Kenyan women in our work, especially when we don't speak the same language and have to pass through interpreters to talk to each other?
Sending all my deepest respects to the whole Kenyan World Pulse community!
Asante Sana (which is one of my very limited 5-word Swahili vocabulary.....)