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Ministry of Health and Pygmies

One of our tasks while in Bukavu is to meet with the Minister of Health to get final permission for the training. We actually met with him this morning – again, very interesting. It seems Dr. Florimond is a very important man in Congo, and knows many of the people in government. The Minister of [...]

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Bukavu

Bukavu really surprised us. It is a huge city that looks like what you would expect along the Medeteranian coast. Dr. Florimond told us the city is home to over 1 million people, but was designed to hold only 300,000. It is very modern in many ways – people dress modern, motorcycles and taxis are [...]

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Driving to Bukavu

We arrived safely in Bukavu yesterday. Interesting story, to say the least. Unfortunately, we are still dealing with the slow internet connections at internet cafes, so I cannot upload the photos. We were told we would leave at 7:00am We were up, packed and ready. Flory and Amina showed up a little after 8:00am. Apparently [...]

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Arrived in Bujumbura

We arrived in Bujumbura this afternoon. It is a very busy city. We were able to see the market and spend some time drinking a coke at the Lake. I tried to upload a photo, but I think it was too big for the slow connection at this internet cafe. We start off for Bukavu [...]

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Day One – Washington DC

So, it was an interesting start to the trip. Nothing major going wrong, but things didn’t go exactly right. Like I said, it was interesting. It started at church when I went to get a check for the money that had been raised. While there I was offered a box of medical exam gloves that [...]

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Jennifer begins the long journey

Jennifer began the first leg of her long journey to Africa today at 2:23PM taking off from Albany International Airport and flying to Washington DC. Where she will be meeting up with Tammy, the childbirth educator who will be going on the trip with her. They will be staying at a hotel in the DC [...]

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A Gift From God

While dropping of the donations at the church God gave us a special gift. While collecting donations for a recent event the church was donated over 1,000 pairs of medical grade latex gloves which the church has given Jennifer to disperse to the women. Truly and unexpected gift from above. Jennifer’s trip has been blessed [...]

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Jennifer Gets Ready to Leave

This morning Jennifer got up early. She packed her stuff and went to take her Micro Biology final before leaving. She got her results immediately finding out she got an A. Way to go Jen. We plan to meet her at the church offices to turn in the last of the donations, go to the [...]

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Still Not Nervous

A few people have asked me if I’m nervous, scared or excited about the trip. I haven’t been nervous about it at all, and have also never been scared. I’m not a fan of avoiding the things that scare me anyway. I think fear should make me careful, smarter and better prepared. But fear should [...]

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Shoes

After speaking to a friend who spent last summer in Uganda we have decided the shoes I have are not going to work. Because almost everywhere I walk will be dirt and/or mud, the best shoes for the trip will be sandals that can be washed or rinsed off every night and be dry again [...]

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