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Where Do We Stay?

May 31, 2019

Our Maternity Clinic serves a population of up to 54,000 people in our immediate area, a radius of 12 to 15 miles from the clinic.

Expectant mothers come when it is near time to deliver. They come by bus, bicycle, or even walk to get here. The government does not allow mothers to deliver babies at home, so they may arrive up to 3 weeks early in order to be at Namikango when the time for delivery comes.

It is a custom in Malawi for the expectant mothers to bring their caretakers with them. So, “where do they all stay for several weeks?”

This is where the Guardian Shelter comes in. The Guardian Shelter is one the structures at the Maternity Clinic which acts as a temporary home for caretakers of mothers who come to deliver at the Clinic. Whether family or friends, these caretakers will bring food, bedding, and other necessities and they will cook and provide for the expectant mother during her waiting time, her delivery and her recovery time. We may have as many as 20 or 30 people staying at any given time.

Over the last few years, we renovated this building which is on the Namikango campus near the Maternity Building. The renovations were needed because it has been in use since the founding of the Clinic in 1974 and was showing its age. We provide some firewood and water to aid those who come.

Nearby is the A-frame cooking building. It has several open fire pits for cooking. This open-air building was rebuilt by Malawi Project a few years ago and serves us well. Namikango is noted for having a comfortable and clean place to stay, and we hope they don’t miss their own homes too much while they are away.

By Ben Hayes