Lillian Gondawe Enters Third Year Of Residency

WAM and a generous and committed group of WAM donors have been supporting a remarkable Malawian woman, Lillian Gondawe, further her medical career. She is currently in her third year of residency in South Africa, after which she plans to return to Malawi to continue saving lives and contribute to her native country. Following is an update on her progress and a letter to these donors:

Dear Friends,

Once again it is close to the end of year, and almost 1 year and a few months remain before my final exams.  I started in 2010 and am expected to finish by March 2013(4yrs).

Life in Cape Town has been exciting and of course with low moments sometimes.The most exciting thing is the exposure to various diseases and their management, and being in the third rated University offering post-graduate training in Medicine.  I think after graduating from this place, one can conquer the world. We have the most encouraging and supportive head of department,'Prof Bongani Mayosi'.

The city has high life but as you can imagine with this residency training, I hardly find time to see places, and if you visit here, I will be a bad tour guide, as earlier in the year Georges' niece was here and Reggie and I failed to find a place where were supposed to meet!

The low moments are balancing between taking care of a 4 year old and a family, and of course when I start feeling home sick. I think I am not a' town girl' and I really miss places back home .I guess in life happiness is relative for the past 2 years that I have been here,I have concluded that home is best.

On 12 October, money was transferred through Reggies' account for next year tuition support, and once again I really want to thank you again for your support.  It is alot of money that you are contributing, and especially bearing in mind that is Malawians that are going to benefit. It is a bit funny that the Government of Malawi does not realize the challenges that it has in terms of health personnel.  I was going through one of the forwarded messages from Kevin Bergman about how short-staffed we are in terms of surgeons, emergency services and the internal medicine physicians in every field. It really saddens me. I know College of Medicine is trying its best,but?

Future plans for both me and Reggie are that probably we will start filling the gap in North, like others.

Ucindami is doing fine, growing up and very talkative, and he speaks Afrikaans, English and Xhosa, and the funny thing is when you speak to him in Timbuka and Chichewa, he will say 'mum you are speaking alien language' . He is a very funny young boy!

Any of you visiting Cape Town soon? It is summer this side!

God bless you,

Lillian