THEY WILL ASK thee as to what they should spend on others. Say: "Whatever of your wealth you spend shall [first] be for your parents, and for the near of kin, and the orphans, and the needy, and the wayfarer; and whatever good you do, verily, God has full knowledge thereof." - Al-Baqarah (2:215)

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Staying in touch with the clients…

We’re already in the final week of February (already?!). I was looking through my log book (I have one book specifically for me to note down and scribble matters pertaining to Buddies), scribbling down things to be discussed in the coming Board meeting on Tuesday night, when I noticed that I had not been doing any house visits at all in February. Other than the month being shorter than the rest, there was also the CNY break when I decided to take a break for myself as well. Besides, basically all the children’s back-to-school expenses had been settled and so I didn’t really need to run around as much as I had to in December/January.

I did visit Azimah at the beginning of this month, but since she didn’t want me to visit her at home, I met up with her elsewhere in town.

I also met Asiah when she came to Ipoh for her blood test, but then again, it wasn’t a house visit. As a matter of fact, I have never visited Asiah at her home before. The last time I and 2 other volunteers went to visit her at her hometown, we met her in town, not at her home.

I met up with Halimah at the hospital, again not a house visit. While Halimah and her husband do not mind us Buddies visiting them at home, I have yet to do so. Halimah, along with Azimah, are my latest clients and I went to visit Azimah first as I consider her case more urgent. For the moment Halimah needs to come to Ipoh quite often for her appointments before she delivers her baby, I will probably only visit her at home after she delivers.

Other than the above, all other contacts with the PLHIV infected/affected families were either by calls or SMS.

Mrs K sent me a text message during the CNY break, asking me when I’d be visiting her at her new place. I had been keeping a distance from her ever since she tried time and again to borrow money from me, and I think she knew I got rather pissed off with her. I am only monitoring her children’s school bus fares, which are banked in direct into the account of the bus operator.

Shila too sent me a text message even though I am not her buddy… asking me if I was busy and if I had started work (after the CNY break). The moment I told her I was already at my office, she replied, “Tngah kerja. OK x nk gnggu.” Obviously it wasn’t any serious matter – she just wanted to chat with somebody. I have introduced the PLHIV women to each other, and told them to exchange contact numbers so they could call/SMS each other whenever they feel like chatting with somebody. But I guess sometimes they don’t get the replies from their felllow PLHIVs due to “habis credit”, so they end up contacting me instead.

Today Rosnah’s SMS came in – informing me of her new phone number. Sigh, why lah these people like to change their phone numbers so often? I bet most of the contact numbers of our PLHIV clients that are kept in the files at our centre are no longer valid! I personally have been using the very same number ever since I first started using the hand phone more than 15 years ago. The only change made was the change from 010 to 019 (the earlier one didn’t use SIM card) but the rest of the 7 digit numbers had remained the same.

Anyway, I intend to visit Lin and send this month’s supply of groceries to her before my office trip this Friday, so that will probably be my only house visit for the month.

There are quite a number of clients whom I have not contacted for quite some time – Ifa, Sha, Ani, Nuri, Suhaila, Maria amongst them. I’d better call them up to find out how they’re doing… but I think I’ll wait until I come back from my trip.

What about Yah? Oh forget it, I’d have to wait for her to call me – she changes phone numbers as often as she changes her clothes! (Ok, ok, I’m exaggerating of course, but really,  every time she calls it’d be from a different number…)

14 comments:

mamasita said...

Pi..how long will you be away? You belum go for your trip I dah miss you..sob sob!

I can imagine all your PLHIV clients will miss you even more..Pi Pi Pi...

Pi Bani said...

Mamasita,
Office trip lah kak, mana boleh lama-lama, nanti kena tutup office pulak. Tak sempat you nak rindu I dah balik! Going off Friday morning, coming back Sunday night.

sherry said...

Salam Che Pi kita.

Pernah imagine tak..kalu u tak involve dengan kerja2 volunteer ni semua...dimanakah anda sekarang? dari segi kehidupan and routine seharian?

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Aunty Pi,
Please switch off your mobile when you're in *you know where*. Or else, tak bolehlah you nak get away from it all kejap. Need to refresh before you go back to the same grind, eh? purrr....meow!

psst...jangan lupa try out teh tarik kat tepi sungai, stall kaler red and white. yummmm.....

Pi Bani said...

Sherry,
I only joined Buddies about 5 or 6 years ago. Kalau I tak join Buddies probably I'd have more time to lepak-lepak at home doing nothing but surf the internet and my life would be more of my personal matters. And probably I won't be blogging either sebab this blog is basically about my voluntary work. Which means I probably won't get to know you either...

Pi Bani said...

C-i-S,
My mobile is also for family members. You can never tell when there's an emergency at home so I'd rather leave my phone on 24/7. If my clients call, well then, either I don't answer when I see their number or I'd just answer and tell them I'm on vacation.

Red & white stall? I will definitely look for it.

sherry said...

Che Pi.

Ahaa..ye jugak kan...kalu idak takder chance lah kita boleh kenal each other and beramah mesra sesama manusia and bukan manusia ( err....u know kan.... kuching kat sydney sana tuh) Muah..muah.

Pi Bani said...

Sherry,
Bukan manusia? Kucing takpe, jangan makhluk halus berblog sudah!

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Ish ish ish....tak usik kucing tak boleh ke? Jadi makhluk halus nanti baru tau! Bukan setakat blogging, dia datang "melawat" malam-malam....
Aunty Pi, sempat ke pi Kampung Budaya? Ada hotel kat situ haunted tau! Oh, teh tarik tu specialnya coz dia "tarik" the milk first then they add the tea. Unlike Mamak style where they mix everything first then tarik. Sepelaung je dari shopping mall Riverside. purrr...meow!

Pi Bani said...

CiS,
Usik mengusik kan ke membawa bahagia? ;)

Anyway, a visit to Kg Budaya memang termasuk dalam program, although we won't be staying at the hotel there. Got ourselves a budget hotel in city center, senang nak jalan-jalan cari makan. (lagi-lagi makan!)

Cat-in-Sydney said...

Jalan-jalan cari makan? Try seafood at TopSpot - which is basically an open air food court on a rooftop. The locals sure know one. Paku midin goreng belacan...that is one vegie I can't find here. Watch out everyone (LCCT or KLIA?). If you see a lady with boxes of pasu and rolls of tikar, that will be Aunty Pi. purrr....meow!

Pi Bani said...

CiS,
Oh yes, TopSpot is quite near our hotel. Never been there tapi I dah survey siap-siap using my GPS!

Boxes of pasu and rolls of tikar? Oh tidak!! Sorry lah, am not the type. Will only buy things which I can easily pack into my bag!

sherry said...

Hi C-I-S

So berbakat to jadi Pemandu Pelancong! Just in case dapat pi Sydney,can u handle us? So looking forward nak gi sana nak tarik itu ekor kucing!! meowwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Pi Bani said...

Sherry,
You tarik ekor dia, I tarik telinga dia, ok? Har!Har!Har! (pinjam Brad's evil laugh)