The Beginning

This blog will be a way for me to keep in touch with family and friends while I spend the summer in Swaziland. I will be working for Save the Children in Mbabane, the capital, and I’ll be working with their HIV/AIDS program.

I leave for Swaziland on June 4th and return August 7th, and right after that, I will be heading to Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine in New Orleans to begin working towards a degree in Public Health with a focus on International Health and Development. My air travel will take me through Washington D.C., Dakar, Senegal, Johannesburg, South Africa, and will finally land me in Manzini, Swaziland!

I can’t tell you how excited I am to be embarking on this (albeit short) adventure! I hope some of you will find this blog a useful way to keep in touch with me while I’m gone.

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  1. Nana says:

    Thanks, Claire for writing this blog. It gives me a better understanding of the difficulties involved in building any program to help the helpless, needy, abused, …all categories that orphans so often fit into. I think it is a good thing that such a meeting was held, because it’s at least a beginning, and the Sister from Cabrini seems to have a very good model, which would work nationally if only the government had the means to do it, because it is village based. I do hope that people in govenment and NGOs read your blogs. You have presented so many and so accurate word pictures of the people, especially the children, who are most helpless of all. I love reading your blogs and seeing your photos, especially the close-ups of children and the ceremony of the reeds. I hope you can find the time to keep the writing going! Lots of love, Nana (8/2/09)

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