Esther Mukupa Mweetwa (22 November 1986)
Running the Playroom and activities with children
Working with sick or disabled children, mentoring parents in a traumatic period of tgheir live.
I am the second born of the family of 8, two boys and 6 girls. My parents stay in Kasama, both are head teachers at different schools. I never grew up with my parents because when I was two years my grandparents decided to keep me, most of the time I was sick so it was affecting my parents career.
I started school in 1993 till 2004. I came to Macha with the Sakala family as a babysit by that time MICS was just starting.
I always wanted to be a Doctor because that’s the only way I thought I could help the sick. However I did not qualify the requirements to be enrolled at the school of medicine. So my parents advised that I do Business Administration. In 2006 I was accepted at NIPA in Lusaka and I studied BA without interest but just to please my parents.
Later on my friend Dorien Visser told me about the playroom because she knew I have interest in working with children. I made a decision to work in the playroom with sick children because that’s something i love to do. I chose to work in the playroom because i want to live a fulfilled life, a life of helping the sick be it physical , emotional or mentally. I love children and i believe they are the future.
The existence of the playroom has contributed positively to the well being of the children in the hospital, they develop a lot through playing. It´s also an outing for the parents, they are learning a lot such as safety rules, hygiene, nutritional ideas. I love working with children as well as parents ,i fell iam helping the sick just as i wanted. I want to study more on phyco socia and therapy so that i can be more effective. Having a baby has made me treasure children more than I did because I felt what every mother feel and all children are special. I want all parents to protect them from any harm be physical or mentally.