Boxes of equipment awaiting distribution
Saturday March 2, 2013 was an exciting day for our midwife trainees from the villages in Darfur - their Graduation Day and the culmination of a year of study and what must have often seemed an extremely long year being away from their villages and families and, most amazingly, even from their babies and young children left behind in the villages for the family to look after - what amazing commitment and dedication these women show to their communities. 39 midwives graduated. The results were excellent with the success rate ranging from 76.3% to 96.6% showing that these young women are not only very dedicated but also immensely talented and hard working. The top students were Asia Dawood Salih Abualsadig from Swelinga village and Zakya Mohamed Sabil Bakhit from Alfaki Ali village who both got 96.6% in their final exams - a truly amazing achievement. We were honoured that the Minister of Health attended the Graduation ceremony. For the first time the oath taken by the midwives included the commitment to fight harmful habits and female circumcision.
At their Graduation ceremony each midwife was presented with a certificate, a box of essential equipment for their work in the villages and a mobile phone which will enable them to readily communicate with the local hospital to refer women with pregnancy complications who need specialist attention and to obtain expert advice over the phone. The graduating midwives are also given funds to purchase a cross bred donkey when they return to the village - this ensures that they can reach their clients speedily, particularly in the case of an emergency. The graduating midwives represent 31 villages. For six new villages which Kids for Kids has adopted over the last 2 years the women will be so pleased and excited to have two trained midwives in their midst for the first time to guide them through their pregnancies. This will alleviate their fears and give peace of mind to the women in these villages - many of them dread pregnancy as they knew that no real help was at hand. The other graduating midwives come from villages for which we have trained at least one midwife in the past and so the new graduates will be welcomed as an additional midwife as we believe there should be two midwives in each village to provide mutual support or they are replacements for a midwife who has had to move away from the village, usually on marriage.
It is clear how valued the midwives are by their communities and our ability to provide the training for these amazing women is only possible through the support of our committed supporters to whom we, and more especially the women of the villages of Darfur, are most grateful - how great to be able to give them this peace of mind. Thank you.
Graduate receiving equipment box
Graduate being congratulated
Training aids at the Midwife Training School