A few days ago, a “Speaking of Faith” Google alert highlighted Kaye Thompson’s blog entry about her first year in Lesotho, Africa. Her reflections on serving in the Peace Corps is refreshing, honest, and vulnerable. I appreciate that. And, I found her description of cooperation among medical professionals and local healers hopeful and inspiring:

I helped my clinic sponsor a day- long meeting between the traditional healers of the area (35 came) and the clinic staff. Because the head of the clinic is a wise and open-minded nurse, she stayed out of any judgment towards the healers and honest sharing was encouraged. The healers come from a variety of traditions to include intuitive healers, those that speak with the ancestors, those that have apprenticeships with other healers, and those that go to a program to receive more formalized training. They work with dreams, herbs, spirits and prayers. Unfortunately some of the practices are harmful and impede healing with Western medecines. The healers spoke of their feelings of being marginalized by the medical community, their belief that they can cure AIDS, their wish to be able to work more collaboratively with the clinic, and an overall sense of relief that these two communities were finally in dialogue. It was a huge success with hopes for a repeat in the future.

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Lumela, Ausi Kaye,
U phela joang? Lebitso la ka ke 'Me Matseliso and I too have lived in Lesotho, as a PCV nurse living in Thaba Tseka at Paray Hospital in the late '70's. I can't imagine working there now with improved technology available, but also the AIDS crisis... I hope you enjoy your stay as much as I did. I'd return tomorrow if I could!
Kea leboha, haholo ha ka kang!!

My mother was part of the first group of peace corps to come to lesotho... she was based in Mafeteng. she stayed in lesotho and started a family

thank you for sharing you story...
ps please stay connected to lesotho by visiting our website and