Today is March 8th 2006-International Women's Day.
During my last trip to the field, I meet this Maman:
I am honouring her here today.
Because you took me in, without knowing my name or my language
that day our vehicule was stuck in your tiny village
Because your were deeply honoured to have me sleep on your best cot
while you were left to sleep in a dilapidated mud hut
Because you are raising 10 grown children
without the help of a husband by your side (he exists but is unseen)
Because you smiled for the full 24 hours
I spent with you and your girls
Because, in you, I can see the way my ancestors lived
and it inspires me to continue working in health and development
I honour you, woman from that little village in Kole.
(posted a day early...just in case)