Tag «Congo 2008»

Updates from Flory

I received an email from Flory last week. Amina (Bujumbura, Burundi), Georgette (Nayngezi, DR Congo) and Akayesu (Kigali, Rwanda) were able to meet to discuss how things are going. Things move much slower in Central Africa than they do in the US. In the two months since I left, there was very little progress among …

Sending out Information

The last month has really been a blur. In addition to getting information about the trip into a format that can be shared, I have also started my second semester of nursing school. This has really caused me to change my focus from the women to my studies, but I have not forgotten them or …

New Photos

I received a CD with Tammy’s pictures from the trip this weekend. I have successfully uploaded the photos to the computer, but I’m afraid studying and getting some business things in order has to be done before the photos can be added to the blog. So stay tuned, I should have them uploaded before the …

Finances

One of the things we needed to pay attention to with this trip is the amount of money it actually costs to do this. We had no idea how much money to budget, how much things cost or what types of bills we would need to pay. Thanks to the smart planning of my husband, …

Flights

All was well with the world of airline travel until we attempted to leave Dulles airport. Tammy was scheduled to leave first, just a few hours after we arrived. I had a seat on a 5 o’clock flight, and opted to go stand-by on one that left a few hours earlier. We had a quick …

Back Home

Tammy and I have been back home for a couple weeks now. That first week back was super busy; my sister was visiting and Tammy had two sons heading off to college. The second week allowed us a little rest as we moved back to the swing of daily life. But there were still odds …

Notes of Thanks

We were lucky enough to receive a variety of thank you notes from the women we trained, and between the three people who spoke both Swahili and English we got them translated. Here are a few excerpts: “We have found that women are dying because of ignorance. We are promising you to teach or train …

Kitchen and Eating

The kitchen was in the back of the center in a small flat area dug out of the dirt. Women from the community who work at the center were helped by the women we trained to prepare food. Here is the kitchen and staff: Flory and Amina had budgeted for 35 women to be fed …