Patients of the Rolling Clinic of Doctors for Developing Countries – German Doctors on Mindanao and Cebu have answered the (sometimes not easy) question about what makes them happy.
„I am happy that my grandson was put on the list for the cleft lip and palate operation! His appointment for the surgery will be in November.“
Conception (61) with grandson Joever (2)
Conception is a farmer in Manipis, a village in the mountains near Cebu.
„I would really like to be a nun later. When I become that, I will
Janice lives in the mountains of Bukidnon in the village Bubonawan. She has to go down to the valley every day and cross a river in order to go to school. The school is about eight kilometres away from her village. Every way takes her about one and a half hours! There is no way for her to go to school if the water of the river is too high because the next bridge is too far away. Her favourite subject is MAPEH (abbreviation for Music, Arts, Physical Education and Health). She enjoys singing a lot. Her favourite song is „Find me faithful“. Faith means a lot for her. She comes to the consultation hour because of back pain.
„For me it’s too late to be happy.“
Antipas lives in a small village on the island of Mindanao. He used to be a farmer. 14 of his initially 20 children are still alive. His wife died a few years ago. How did he get this old? „That’s God’s will!“, he replies.
He comes to the Consultation hour of the Rolling Clinic because of a cough. He has to do a sputum test as tuberculosis is suspected.
„I am happy when I am with my friends. We usually play basket ball.“
Mario lives in the mountains of Cabanglasan.
„It makes me happy to have a family. I have five brothers and sisters and I still live with my family. In a few weeks, I’ll be a mother myself.“
Rose Jean (21)
Rose Jean went to school till the first grade of Highschool. She couldn’t finish school for
financial reasons. Her father is a farmer, her mother is a housewife. I’m meeting Rose Jean in the house of her parents. She is cooking lunch and seems to really enjoy housework. Rose Jean will go to the next bigger town Cabanglasan in order to have her baby there. After that, she will marry the father of her baby and move in with him. She is looking forward to having her own big family.
Translation: Ulrike Peter