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Friday, 6 July 2012

6/7/2012 PM   I was speaking to a lady in one of our seminars today who made a request of Mission International, that is we send community health workers and midwives to the area to help teach the uneducated community about how their bodies work so that they can understand a lot more in terms of birth control and the like.   If there are any of you out there who are keen to help in this way, please get in touch with us and we can give you more details.
Her letter says...

"Dear Brethren in Christ,

Greetings and peace of the Lord be with you!

Brethren, in the region and district where I minister, it is clear that there are many people who continue to give birth to many children, yet there are so many challenges.   Some of those challenges are as follows:

1. Burundi being the least developed country in the whole world and the most densely populated country in the world, there are people who live under the poverty line.   This poverty leads to children not attending school because their parents cannot afford paying for the school fees, educating them and taking them to clinics when they are ill, feeding them and clothing them becomes a nightmare.
2. There is an acute scarcity of land and many families kill each other for land.   Arable land has become so scarce and hence there is hunger in the families.
3. Many women who give birth to many children become weak and cannot get involved in any development of their families, they become old prematurely and die early.

The Government is trying hard to educate the population with regard to family planning and spacing of births.  However, churches do not agree and have different views and standpoints.   Some churches do not even support the use of condoms for family planning, yet the consequences are hard to bear.

Dear brethren, my humble request is that you may consider sending us experts, doctors and midwives who know and can teach the functioning of a woman’s body so that women here may know which methods of family planning work well.

It has been predicted that in Burundi that there is nothing that can be done to develop the country if the population continues to grow at its current rate.

I reiterate my gratitude for the positive action you are going to take in response to our humble cry and request.

May the Almighty God bless you!

Rev, Alphonsine Niyimpaye"

(Translated faithfully into English by Frederic Harerimana)

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