The Last Details

I have the unfortunate pleasure of visiting family in Michigan for two weeks right before I leave for DR Congo. This means everything must be ready for me to fly out by the end of this week. It has been hectic – especially with the work I am doing to be finished with a microbiology …

Laptop Computer!

Hurray for dear friends! One of my best friends actually had an old laptop she was no longer using. She does not care how we have to change the settings to make it work or even if it ends up stolen while we are in Africa. So we now have a laptop to use. Another …

Names of the Midwives

We finally have the names of the women who will be at the training – all but 7 who live the furthest away. So, for those of you who wanted a list of names to be praying for these women and their families, here is the partial list we have available: Uvira 1. Maman David …

The total Costs

Jeff has done the math for me and the numbers are interesting. It seems the cost to train one midwife (her supplies, transportation, food and lodging and materials) is $206. This also includes the necessary translators and Ministry of Health delegates. It also seems that when my costs are broken down by day for the …

High Costs of Oil

One thing we were not counting on when we originally planned the trip was the tremendous jump in oil prices. The truth is, as gas prices continued to increase here in the United States it still did not occur to me that prices may be similarly increasing in the Congo. So, you can imagine my …

Midwifery Skills

Although Tammy and I both have experience at birth, neither of us is actually a midwife. This means neither of us have done a vaginal exam, caught the baby or assessed the fetal heart tones. Something that needed to be changed before we traveled to teach these skills. A midwife in Tammy’s community has graciously …

Ministry of Health Approval

The information is being submitted for the final Ministry of Health approval. The total cost of the training (not including our travel or the materials we will be bringing) is $8,690. With 30 Midwives being trained, this equates to about $300 per midwife. This is higher than we had anticipated, but involves some required items …

The Planning Continues

While Tammy and I gather supplies, raise money and determine the content of the training, Flory Zozo is working in DR Congo to ensure the success of the project. In his latest email, he sent me the following list of projects he is working on for the training: Meet the provincial minister of Health to …

Fertility Awareness

One of the challenges we will face is helping the women prevent unwanted pregnancy. It may seem easy from the perspective of the developed world, but remember that access to any method of birth control for women in rural areas of Central Africa will be limited. Although we will talk about the methods available, the …

Birth Teaching Tools

It is one thing to stand in front of a group of people and lecture, it is another to teach them skills they will need to use. We are going to teach skills. As such, we need some tools to help demonstrate the concepts we are talking about. But with little to no money, how …