Pothawira brings life and LucyRich Stigall
The last time I visited Pothawira, Malawi, the grounds were overflowing with possibility. 10 buildings represented progress towards home and family for orphaned children. The clinic held promise of healing for those in the community, and the school/church building as a hub of learning and worship.
Walking the grounds with Pastor Peter Maseko this week, I no longer only see potential. I see life! Malawians walking for miles to receive medical treatment. Six classrooms full of 163 students, who used their developing English to teach us a little Chichewa – zicomo (thank you!), and 103 children living in ten homes with ten mommas. 103? Thought there were only beds for 100?
Pothawira may never have enough beds to meet the real needs of the community or match the love of the Maseko hearts…what a blessing to watch them marry the two. Meet Lucy (see pic).
Lucy was born on Nov 24, the same day her mother died. They share the stigma of HIV. With no mother, Lucy needed a safe haven. She was brought to Pothawira, where she sleeps with her new Momma, Miarias.
Pothwaira bought a wall clock, so Lucy could be fed every 3 hours. The clinic, via the government program, supplies Lucy with ARV medication, and most importantly, her new Momma provides her with touch, hugs, and love. Lucy is thriving, beautiful, and growing.
Pothawira has come to life! What once was full of promise is now providing promise to Lucy and many more! Zicomo!