Those present at the Sautee Nacoochee Center Theatre on Sunday Morning, September 22, met Humphrey Fellows visiting from seven countries and learned about their achievements and challenges.
Masego from Botswana described how US funding and new strategies have cut the HIV-AIDS burden in half. William from Ghana shared his dual career as a physician and a pastor. Nehemias from Guatemala shared how — as the only educated child in his family — he worked his way through medical school and is the first indigenous candidate with the potential of becoming Minister of Health.
Equally important was the appreciation the Humphrey Fellows expressed for the NPC hospitality provided to them.
- From Emma: Thank you for the fantastic view of Tallulah Gorge State Park and to know and talk with the community members. It was a beautiful memory. I learned a lot. Thank you for giving us the precious opportunity.
- From Pahawin: Thank you very much for your hospitality. I really enjoyed hiking at Tallulah Gorge State Park. This was my first time hiking for me. It was the nicest weekend I ever had. I really appreciated it.
- From William: Thanks so much for the investment of time, effort, and networks in giving us Humphrey fellows a great time this weekend. I personally look forward to another table tennis game. (He won only one of two.)
Especially precious was the welcome supper Saturday evening when the Humphrey Fellows shared a little about their countries, their families, their challenges, and a failure. The evening closed with three carefully chosen musical numbers by Joanne Steele and James Sweeney. —Stan Foster