Looking at the calendar, I am told that March is half over. My flight home is looming a mere 10 days from now which means that projects are wrapping up and my time in Mwandi is coming to an end. 

 

Since my last blog post, there has been another American team of doctors who have come to serve. They were based primarily at OVC (the Orphaned and Vulnerable Children project) instead of at Mwandi Mission Hospital. To say this team was...

We’ve settled into a routine now. We absolutely love living in Malika; there is always something happening and different people popping in. From NGO groups to mission teams, missionaries to Senegalese people (both from Dakar and from villages outside). It’s always so interesting to meet and talk (in a variety of languages) to other brothers and sisters in Christ that we would not have had the chance of meeting otherwise.
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I can’t believe the first week of February has already come and gone. The whole concept of “time” here in Mwandi is such an odd thing. On one hand, it seems like time moves slowly here and so much is accomplished in one day, but on the other hand, there never seems to be enough hours in a day to do all the tasks and somehow the week is over before I know it. 

The first update is something like a...

This marks the start of our 8th week of being here. We have completed our move to Malika and are now travelling by foot or ‘car rapide’ (multi-coloured open-air minibus) to the community Centre in Bene Barak or Yeumbeul. The first and second week of January I spent imputing over 200 participant surveys. These surveys are conducted with each participant before the program begins each year, and then after completion. An analysis of the before and after surveys helps...

As I near the end of my placement here in Honduras, I'm finding it’s good to reflect: What have I learned? What have I done in these 5 months? Lists are always a popular blog item, so here, in no particular order, is what came to mind this morning:

  • Visited at least 25 different communities in 7 different ‘departments’ (the word for province or state here)
  • Reviewed and corrected the functioning of the electronic version of a household survey with
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Christmas does not have the same pressures in Tanzania as it does in North America. Our work with AICT and World Renews partners slows down as many of the people we connect with are preparing to travel to their home villages to visit with family during the holidays. Business slows down and the children have a long Christmas break from school. During December, we found ourselves juggling our work schedules to take the opportunity to support other missionaries...

Well, we have spent more than six weeks here. We have finished our formal Wolof lessons and will soon move to Malika in order to work in Yeumbeul. We still have much to learn in regards to the language, but we are confident we will use it quite a bit in the suburbs. Closer to downtown, most people prefer speaking French, but in the suburbs, Wolof is the primary language.

We traveled on the bus to Fond de Terre to the...

Hello again! We have settled back into our routine in Mwandi after an exciting two weeks exploring Tanzania. Let me fill you in....

It started with a long bus ride. We first rode from Mwandi to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, which was a 9 hr ride. We arrived at 4 am and our next bus didn't leave till 1 pm so we joined the hundreds of other people sleeping in the bus station. It...

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