Catching up with my friend, Nyibol Akol Padiet
December 26, 2012 by Sophia Jones
|With training from the IRC, home-based community health providers like Nyibol Akol Padiet (left, in 2010) are treating common childhood diseases in their own villages. Photo: Sophia Jones-Mwangi/IRC|
I first met Nyibol Akot Padiet, a volunteer home-based community health provider, in southern Sudan on my very first assignment with the International Rescue Committee. That was in 2010, and though not so long ago, much has happened since. In January 2011 the South Sudanese voted in a referendum to secede from Sudan, and in August, they were living in the world’s newest nation. Meanwhile, 37-year-old Nyibol celebrated the birth of a new grandchild in October.
Nyibol in November 2012, shortly after celebrating the birth of her new grandchild. “Through my volunteer work, children’s lives have been saved,” she says.
Nyibol and her husband tend a small plot of land where they grow sorghum, millet and maize and raise a few cows and goats for milk. She hopes that her husband, who is out of work, will gain employment to make it easier for their three teenage daughters to achieve their goals (their two other daughters are married). All three want to work in health care like their mother. “I would like them to further their education to become independent women in the society,” says Nyibol. “They are very smart and work hard at school.”
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