Amina had left from Nayngezi with the women to Uvira since she did not have the right papers to go through Rwanda. We left with Flory to go through Rwanda since we did not have the right papers to take the good road straight back to Bujumbura. We piled into a taxi and headed for boarder. In just a few minutes we were there and safely on the way to the bus station. We knew we would go through the rain forest, so we got our cameras ready. I don’t remember if I described the bus rides to you. Very crowed, driving fast up andRead More →

We wanted to share with you some of the funniest things the women asked us, and a few things that were hysterical because of the translation. Please keep in mind that we really do love most of these women and understand we were the first people that taught them anything about their bodies._ “Why is it when you stick your finger in a woman’s anus that in some women the finger stops, and for other women the finger can go deep in?” Jennifer’s answer “Why do you stick your finger in omen’s anuses?” We found out the next day about the level of internal cleanlinessRead More →

We enjoyed the night in Bukavu, it was the first and still only time we had hot water on this trip. Tammy took two hot baths before we left. Georgette left before dinner, and we didn’t hear from Flory until the morning so we were on our own for food. We were a little freaked out by the overly helpful security guard, so just ate some protein bars in our room. We had beautiful views of Lake Kivu. We had printed up a report for the Ministry of Health at the hotels internet cafe, and in the morning we walked over to deliver it. WeRead More →

We had lunch with Senator David and learned that our ride back to Bukavu was arranged with him. He allowed us to bring Georgette back to Bukavu with us to translate so we could shop. We talked a bit about the conference over lunch, and I took the opportunity to tell him about the women not going to the clinics because of the bad treatment they receive. He asked Georgette a lot of questions about the clinics and what the women say. I didn’t know if he could do anything about it, but I knew from the little time I spent with him that ifRead More →

On the last day of the training Tammy and I noticed more people than usual milling about. The van driver from Uvira as there-we knew Flory had arranged for him to transport some of the women. But there were other people we did not know. We figured everyone knew the Muzungu were leaving and were hoping to get something from us. We had a short session after breakfast, naming off women who have made a difference in women’s health and encouraging the women to not give up. Then it was the women’s turn. Five of the women had prepared a skit for us and weRead More →