Tuesday, May 15, 2018

My World

The goofiest, blurriest photograph possible, but to me, this selfie is just as perfect as the staged pictures of my kids from Mother's Day last year. These children are my world, and I am proud to be their mama. They are probably be responsible for more than their fair share of my greying hair and wrinkles, but I love them in all their crazy, and unique ways.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

How many moms....

.... get what they want for Mother's Day, without asking for it? Not sure, but this Mama did!

Sometimes you just need something to keep your hands busy, even while doing other tasks. Or something that will help you relax when you have a little stress. I had been eyeing moldable sand for quite a while, but every time I would think about buying it, I'd think about what a frivolous purchase it would be, and I'd change my mind. But obviously, my child(ren) has(have) been paying attention, because this is what I received this year:

Yes, my own personal sandbox! Complete with rocks and a couple of gardening tools!

Zakir stained the box for her, and Safa added the embellishments, to make it just perfect for me. And it is full of no-mess sand! I will have so much fun with this, and picture myself enjoying it for a long time.

Mother's Day is always bittersweet, without my mom here with us. But I am still so blessed to have my mother-in-law and Choti Ammi, and to myself be the mother of three wonderful children.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Medical Mission: The Camps

While volunteering with MedGlobal in Bangladesh, I had the opportunity to visit one of the Rohingya refugee camps near the clinic where I was working. It was truly an eye opening experience; the magnitude of the displacement was instantly obvious. This image was the first glimpse of the camps, as we approached the HOPE Foundation's medical clinic:

After several days working in the clinic, I took a walk with other members of my group, into another camp.

There were huts with orange tarps as far as the eye could see. In this image, you can see the mountains of Burma in the distance. A looming concern is how huts built on the slopes of these little hills could lead to disaster in the case of a landslide, with the prospect of monsoon rains upon them. Preparation is under way presently.

What was interesting, was how many residents had made every effort to create normalcy inside their little cities that were the camps. One of the first things the residents do when setting up camp, is create a mosque. Religion is an integral part of their lives.

Residents also planted and harvested vegetables

A glimpse of modern technology:

There were safe spaces created for children. Another attempt at normalcy. That was one of my greatest concerns when I walked into the camp, the realization that everything is so open and accessible to anyone who might want to enter, how would the children be safe?

I saw this little guy, and it made me appreciate why I had come from almost half way across the world to work at a little clinic in the heart of the refugee camps. One of hundreds of thousands of reasons for the mission. His smile truly warmed my heart.

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