Normally there are about 12 patients and their mentors (parent, grandmother, sister), Klemens our housekeeper and Ledy our cook.
To be sure, we have some convertible beds for emergency situations, which currently come in handy.
Meanwhile Saya is back from her surgery in Sumatra and Heldi has returned from Perth (Australia). In short, it’s a bustle in Rumah Bicara.
Our staff member Uttari gave birth to a son in the first week of January. The first Kolewa-baby is a fact. Uttari is on a three months leave and we miss her already. Therefore we temporarily engaged Holldyn as a replacement. A tough lady who masters the goings of patients allready.
On December 23th we said goodbye to Hilde, Sanne en Thiarda, three speech therapy students of Hanze Hogeschool from Groningen (the Netherlands). After a succesful internship of 4 months, they will travel back to the Netherlands soon. Lianne (sports & game) will stay for a while and wil transfer end of the month to Eva (internship social work). A bit later 4 new interns will arrive (speech therapy and pedagogy).
The cheerful note is placed at present by Tejo Swart, volunteer for 2 months. From the first day on he tied the apron, helped in the kitchen, assisted with tooth brushing class and went shopping with Heldi.
With so many people in the shelter home supply stock disappears fast. Once every three weeks we go shopping at the wholesale….cartloads!
Luckily we get extra bales of rice now and then from visitors. This week this was the case with Ed en Miranda Monteiro, Nederlandse people who spent the winter on Bali. With the consumption of 7 kilos of rice every day this was a welcome gift!