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Kernser family emigrated to Bangladesh: "You can do a lot more there"

Kernser family emigrated to Bangladesh: "You can do a lot more there"

Almost ten years ago the Ambauen family emigrated from Kerns to Bangladesh. They help locals in a small hospital.

Perfect holiday idyll in Buochs ​​on the waterfront. A swan gracefully pulls its lap along the bank. “We can go to the lake again later,” suggests Xaver Ambauen to his wife Bea and their twelve-year-old daughter Janine. Every moment is precious. Because a year ago the three of them were here for the last time with the father of the native Buochser. The next day, Bea Ambauen's parents will be in Bern.

The family's home was once Kerns and is now far away in Bangladesh. She emigrated there almost ten years ago. Bea Ambauen started as a gynecologist in a small Christian hospital, 400 kilometers northwest of the capital Dhaka. A lot has happened for the three of them since then.

Career at Lamb Hospital in Bangladesh

"My particular concern is the training of gynecologists, which we have been able to significantly improve through a clear structure, for example when which operations should be learned," she gives an example. "The specialist training in Bangladesh is very weak and, for example, in university hospitals, depends very much on the person of the chief doctor," explains Bea Ambauen.

One of the most beautiful moments of her time in Bangladesh was when she was able to hand over her job as head physician to a local doctor who had trained her over many years. Since last February, the 49-year-old has been the deputy hospital director responsible for personnel issues in all departments, outpatient departments and for strategic issues at the Lamp hospital. Above all, she mentions the question of capable personnel as one of her current challenges. "There is increasing competition with private hospitals, which unfortunately are all out for profit and are of very poor quality," says Bea Ambauen. It is difficult to find doctors who work for lower wages. Because the Lamb Hospital is still dependent on donations from abroad.

Another focus of Bea Ambauen's work is to cure women of their fistulas through surgery. These arise as a result of complications in childbirth or inappropriately performed operations and cause incontinence. As a result, the women affected are considered impure and are cast out from society. The Lamb Hospital is a competence center in the north of Bangladesh for the field of fistulas.

Self-employment as a goal of development aid

The independence of his project was also very important to her husband, Xaver Ambauen, who set up a nursery for the disabled on the premises of the Lamb Hospital. “I could now look after this from here,” he says happily. Before emigrating, the now 53-year-old worked as a group leader in the nursery of the Rütimattli Foundation. Initially 8 disabled employees in the nursery at Lamb Hospital became 18. The employees plant lettuce and broccoli under supervision, sell the vegetables and maintain gardens. "In the meantime I have been able to hand over the supervision and administration to two local full-time employees," says Ambauen happily. He also helps a local look after a homeless shelter for women and is active in the local church.

The parents are aware that life as a so-called “third culture kid” is not easy for their daughter Janine. "It is a long process for them to find their identity, and parents have to deal with that." Because of the better education she spent her last school year in an international boarding school in India, the situation was not an easy one for all three, as the parents confirm. She wants to study later, maybe something with music, says the bright twelve-year-old. The couple are well aware that the question of how their child gets along in boarding school will determine whether they will all stay in Bangladesh any longer.

«An extremely fulfilling life»

“It's always about the question: 'Where is my place?'” Says Xaver Ambauen. “It's like a calling. We fit in with Bangladesh, it's an extremely satisfying and fulfilling life, ”summarizes Bea Ambauen. And her husband Xaver adds: “You can achieve a lot more there. 14 homeless women can live, 18 disabled people have a job. That is lived charity. "

The family can be reached at [email protected]