“Beware, for the dreamers by day are dangerous, powerful men”

25 05 2011

-Title by TE Lawerence

By Joy Ogunmuyiwa

May 25, 2011

11:23 am

[compound right outside] Pune, India

After a few days, I realized that some of the questions asked, seemed to illicit similar responses from the individuals, regardless of age and background. For example, question 7a asks “What do you regard as your most valuable possession?” The usual responses are usually ARTs, ORTs, or some type of medication used by the residents, and this is understandably so.

However, the questions that bring the most interesting set of answers by far are 2b “Describe your living conditions before you came to this residence.” and 16 “What are your plans for the near future (within 10 years)?”

One child of the care home had to have these questions answered by his caregiver because he had no memory of his life before Sahara. His age was unknown, but they placed him around seven or eight. He had lived with his mother in an area not too far from the care home. When living in the area, the mother contracted HIV. The shocking part, however, was that when the residents of the community learned of the mother’s status, they refused to give her and her child food, in hopes that they would leave the community and not spread it further.

The mother died before they came to the care home. The uncle of the boy was the one that brought him here. Though the boy has some memory of his parentshe now knows that they are no longer here. He enjoys his time at the carehome though.  According to the other residents, him and the house dog, Jenny, are troublemakers and a force to be dealt with when they are together.

I really like question 16, because the range of answers are so different. One of the persons interviewed answered that in the future, she still sees herself at Sahara, because they have become her family. Another answered a computer engineer. The goal of this project is to provide evidence to local communities, policy makers, and funding agencies regarding a range of care options of orphaned and abandoned children in less wealthy nations. It is to show that care giving systems, rather than just adoption programs, are effective and need to be put in place as a sustainable care option. I think that the answers to question 16 alone show that. The care house is a home for the children, a place where they can start again.




One response

26 05 2011

A computer engineer, wow! How inspiring! It sounds like your interviews are going well, and I love the pictures you added from your video.

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