True Spirit of Servant-Hood
Being at the Ruben Centre is puts a lot into perspective. The steadfast optimism of the people of Mukuru, despite the relentless adversity they face daily, is what makes Ruben such a beacon of hope in an at-times bleak and heartbreaking environment.
It’s as if the very action of entering Ruben’s walls lifts everyone’s spirits for the duration of their visit. Centre Director Brother Frank O’Shea speaks of the “Ruben family”, and this notion of inclusiveness and connectedness within Ruben has been easily discernable for me.
I am based at the Ruben Medical Clinic for my two-month stay. At home in Melbourne, I have completed my pre-medical studies with a view to start Medical School next year. I also work at St Vincent’s Private Hospital Melbourne, formerly as an Orderly and currently as an Operating Theatre Technician. The hands-on medical experience I’m getting at Ruben Medical Clinic is therefore invaluable; in my first few weeks here I’ve been giving injections, dressing wounds, performing ultrasounds, and otherwise assisting the very busy staff around the clinic. I am learning so much, and will return home with a litany of new skills and knowledge.
More importantly, though, I’ll also take home with me the unparalleled energy and determination displayed by those at the Medical Clinic; both staff and clients alike. I hope I will be able to have a positive influence on the lives of the people of Mukuru in my time here, and leave the Ruben Centre a better place than I found it.