What if everything you thought you knew about life in Africa was wrong. Tammy and I prepared for the lack of clean water, no electricity and primitive plumbing awaiting us, but we had no idea to be prepared for the reality of life for the Africa women. There is no reverence for women or birth. Women are abused at the clinics. Their husbands demand sex immediately after birth. There used to be midwives, but they have died out. There is no sharing about the female body between mother and daughter. Breastfeeding is basically abandoned by 2 months of age because the mother in law demandsRead More →

We arrived in Kigali last night. What we thought was going to be a short trip to Rwanda was actually a 6 hour drive! Yes, the Rwanda boarder is only minutes outside Bukavu, but Kigali is in the center of Rwanda. So we piled into the cramped bus and by some miracle we and our luggage all arrived in once piece. The drive was actually interesting, in a cramped six hours with one bathroom stop sort of way. We spent two hours driving through the rain forest – and yes I saw monkeys on the side of the road. When we thought about it, monkeysRead More →