Tuesday, November 8, 2011

a new arrival of a different kind

TTL is happy to introduce the newest addition to its team in Mokhotlong: Meghan Harrington. 

Over the next four months, Meghan and I will share this blog space and try to keep everyone updated on all the happy and sad, fun and mundane, events that make up life at TTL. And with that, I'll let Meghan continue her introduction herself...

Hello from Touching Tiny Lives!  I’m Meghan Harrington, a new TTLF Fellow, here in Mokhotlong for just four months. My time here is flying by – I arrived about three weeks ago and thanks to the friendly hospitality that everyone at TTL has shown me, I am feeling right at home. Having heard so many wonderful things about TTL from Bridget, Reid, and Kevin’s time here (my sister, brother-in-law, and brother-in-law’s brother respectively), I’m happy to report that my experience thus far has exceeded even the high expectations I had coming over. Lesotho is a beautiful country, full of friendly people, and I am humbled to be working for an organization that is successfully tackling some of the biggest challenges facing this country. 

The impact TTL has on tiny lives in Lesotho is evident the moment you arrive on TTL’s campus. Eleven little ones greeted me, most already on their way to becoming healthy, growing kids thanks to the nutrition and medical support provided in the safe home. One 2 ½ year old little boy, Ralithakang, had arrived at TTL a few days before me, severely malnourished, HIV+, and infected with tuberculosis. While the other children played, he preferred to lie down, too sick to smile or move around. Witnessing Ralithakang’s progress in the last 3 weeks has been the most inspiring part of my time at TTL. He is laughing at everything, trying to talk, and walking with support. Seeing his transformation confirms how important this work is  – TTL is giving these kids the opportunity to survive.

Yesterday Tsepang and Retsepile, two of the kids in the safe home, were picked up by their moms and taken home. I was sad to see their familiar faces leave us, but it was also a reminder of the great function that TTL’s safe home serves when these now healthy, happy babies are reunited with their families.

So grateful for the opportunity to be here, witnessing all of the wonderful things happening at Touching Tiny Lives.


Kevin Rector said...

Glad you are there!!

Bridget said...

Hey Megs! Good to see you up on the blog.