The Cost of Ignorance

Meet Amos: A nurse in the nomadic village of Alale

“The Word of God is to be preached to these people; teachings of love: ‘love your enemy as yourself.’ The Church can also promote schooling for children. Those who are learned—any child who has reached even the 8th grade—none of them will return to warrior lifestyle because they are now enlightened. Schooling will do away with ignorance.

“Ignorance kills people because the rain washes [human] waste to the river and then they drink water from the river and get worms, eggs, bacteria, typhoid, and dysentery.

“This is the cost of ignorance.” —Nurse Amos
Excerpted interview from Director of Operations Rachel Finsaas’ master’s thesis

On the recent trip to Alale Faith and David met with Amos. They talked to the group about making sure all children were vaccinated, especially from polio. Amos motioned to his slightly crippled legs and told them that was from polio as a child. He encouraged the group to always bring sick people to him as soon as they became ill, especially children.

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