Soda

Soda

Sorry all it has been a couple of days since we last wrote - we have slipped into African life and gone to go slow mode....No, quite the opposite.... we continue to be quite busy! Rob especially is flat out all over the diocese helping with computer issues. Right now in fact he has a student here who has just complted Form 5 and is on his end of year holiday and has come home to Murgwanza to teach chior and generally help out. His name is Joram and he is keen to be involved in some sort of finance work when he has complteted Form 6 and Rob is teaching him some computer basics.

The boys as you can see above are quite relaxed with the African way of life....check out Oli and Mitchells shoes - these are worn by everyone and sold everywhere for about 2000Tsh or 1000Tsh if you can bargain. Jake has a matching pair but was just not wearing them on the day this photo was taken. This is in Ngara -  the boys having a 'soda' - they usually sit on the shop step to drink it as you need to return the bottle or pay an extra 200Tsh on top of your 500Tsh soda.

Schooling the boys continues to have it's ups and downs. Jake is not so keen on the homeschooling days but enjoys NAPS. Mitch 'hates' NAPS and would prefer to home school everyday. Oliver is variable at home, but mostly good in short bursts but he 'loves' NAPS. Please continue to pray for them as they continue to adapt to a new culture and life. On the whole they are happy and having a good time.

I spent the morning at the nursing school this morning, the 2nd year students were presenting their Community Placement Field Reports. It was quite an eye-opener as they highlighted the health problems in the surrounding villages. On all lists of the Top Ten Diseases was malaria closely followed by pneumonia. Interestingly HIV/AIDS was usually number 9 or 10. I found the same sort of info for Murgwanza Hospital when I was reading the annual report to prepare the website blurb. I think however, there is a lot more HIV out there that is just not tested. If your immune system is faulty, any bug can bite your dust.

mmmmmOn Wednesday I was feeling particularly frustrated at my percieved un-usefulness at the Nursing School and I had sent Mitchell off to school unhappy. So I went and sat on 'snack rock' and wrote emails home. The picture below is the view from snack rock, it is not a bad view to sit and watch the world go by and marvel at God's creation. You can see Rwanda in the not too distant view. The rock however is hard and it was not too long before I had to move on as I had a numb bum. I went home and sewed curtains for the guest room and wrote lessons for the nursing school which hopefully I can teach in the next couple of weeks

GhekoAnd here is a little gheko we nearly stepped on on the way to bed the other night. It is actually about an inch long. There are many of these in our house....big and small. Well gee....Rob pulled out a massive ball of roots from the sewer drain for our house today. It was stinky each morning and there is an access point at the front door. The roots were all mixed with you know what. All I had to give Rob was surgical gloves which got holes in them quickly - oh well. Rob got pungent but at least the toilet waste goes down better now. The plumbing for the shower and sink need cleaning out too. They are plumbed a bit funny Rob says. They run up hill. Struth. Not ideal.

Rob has spent this week at Tumaini fixing all their computers and advising on "best practice". They are possibly in need of a data base. At present much data is on paper and on MS Word documents - hard to migrate into a database. Before all this though, Rob is trying to educate them about virus control and backing up of current data - there currently is none.
Pastor MwebesaRob's also been helping to educate Pastor Mwebesa about his computer. He has totally rebuilt it and put on up to date virus protection. Pastor now knows that virus' are man made and how you get them. After Rob had fixed up everything, Pastor was very scared to use his Flash stick in another computer - and rightly so. He needed to get a file from another pastor in town and Rob suggested that he let him check his Flash drive before he puts it back in his computer. Well sure enough, it was riddled with virus's again.....This is Africa. 

We got more post yesterday..asante....the boys are getting all crafty with the stickers and stamps that are arriving as well as especially loving the Australian lollies. I am loving the teaching materials and card games (and any chocolate!!! even if it is abit squashed and heat affected!)

Below is the entrace to the nursing school where I go into work. It has two classrooms a small library and a female dormitory and dining room. The first building you can see has staff offices and a prac room which has a manniquin and some other equipment for teaching. The male dormitory is off site next to the old airstrip. It's going to be tough having to come back and get a 40 minute train ride to work after this leaisurly stroll I have been enjoying!

Back of Nursing School

Best sign off now, Godriva and I have to go to the market this morning and I want to post this now as I know you have all been waiting for the latest news.

Kwa heri, Sas

 

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The test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much: it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little.~

Franklin D. Roosevelt
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