Animal Sacrifices = Traditional Health Insurance

The Pokot villages were like another world. Something that only westerners from National Geographic get to explore. But here we were. In the middle of it.

The night we arrived, some herdboys brought us a dik-dik (small antelope) they had just shot with bow and arrow. They skinned it, gutted it and we cooked it over the fire.

While we were there, we slept in a hut made of mud, sticks and animal dung.

The last day we were there, a child was sick with what everyone assumed was malaria. The people gathered around thought they should sacrifice a goat to appease whatever had caused the sickness in the child. Michael called someone who worked at the clinic in the area who came with medicine and a lecture about bringing sick children to a clinic before taking time to perform animal sacrifices.

Education around medicine and access to simple antibiotics is critical to well-being in the villages. Daylight is seeking to educate villagers and provide vital medicine to hurting people.

Faith and David Kroeker Maus
Daylight Advisory Board Members currently stationed in England
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