Can you imagine women having a single dress and can not take it off? Or are you able to protect yourself against unpredictable side-effect tablets against unwanted pregnancy? Africa is indeed such. To keep this from being so, I tried to participate as a Ugandan mission to two young colleagues of the Hungarian Society of Africa.
Zsófia Könczöl and Kamilla Kiss will help move to Africa. Not the first time. Last year, they participated jointly at the 16th Medical Mission of the Hungarian Society of Africa (AHU) in Uganda, the doctors' work coordinated and contacted local patients. Then, in spring, Zsófi came back to Manafwa, where he considered that outside of a healing would still be necessary. Most of all, the fact that women embrace basic toilet rituals and learn to sew. We'll tell you later. why this is so important.
They deal with women because, like an old African saying, if you teach a man, you taught a man. But if you teach a woman, you are teaching a whole generation. This was quoted by Sándor Balogh, president of the Hungarian Society of Africa. Over the age of 12 years of operation of the AHU, besides 19 medical missions, several women's programs have been organized in Africa. Thus, an example of Somali refugees in Uganda taught by batik, who were former slaves or child soldiers who were described by pearls and sewing. To know how to fit into society, they can look for their own bread. These missions are not always dangerous: they were arrested by the participants at the Uganda-Congo border.
We hope this time there will be no inconvenience. Zsófi and Kamilla are spending four weeks in Uganda, but planning their mission much longer. A project is being launched on behalf of the Hungarian Association of Africa, with the support of the Hungarian Trade and Cultural Center (HTCC) and others. The goal is to develop a long-term, secure program for the women there, tailored to their needs. The focus now is on hygienic education - who has not even gone to school, where did he learn to wash his hands? Who does not have a deposit, how can you keep it clean during your period of time? The other center of gravity is sewing, since one who has only one garment can not wash it off. Because what would it be like? To make soap, sew on padding can also learn from the Uganda villagers.
The two young Hungarian women in Uganda do not go empty-handed. They bring with them donated shoes. Because there is a lot of shortage there, and it is not only the need to keep up with the shoe, but also the barking of parasites in the dust. Washable sanitary napkins are available thanks to the manufacturing company Emilla Designpads. Then thermometers, also from collection, to teach a way of natural contraception: the fact that they can measure the ovulation time with daily measurement. Sewing machines will then get in and leave them there: locals will share who they are using and learn each other when they are back.
In Manafwa, a medical mission began to be provided, and the current female mission will be followed by a new health ministry. That is how things are built on each other, there may be changes in the long run. Later on, they might even teach Uganda women about farming around the house. To the question of what can be achieved on a huge continent with many small steps, Sándor Balogh replied with another African saying or rather with a story. A boy gathered sea stars on the shore and threw them into the water. When asked why he was troubled, he could save only a few millions of millions of creatures, saying, "What's left of the beach is going to die." But what I throw away is going to live longer.
Kamlo's Könczöl and Kamilla's mission will be on a regular basis in the coming weeks. It will not be easy. Not just because, as previously Dr. Anna Jakkel, a participant in many African medical missions, told us: it does not matter how they are trying to teach them new habits and lifestyles. For, on the one hand, what works with us is not necessarily good in Africa, on the other hand, it is not easy to find the sound on which good advice seems to be non-teaching. Properly tell you to put the washcloth on a chair when you wash it if you do not want your backs to be hurt forever.