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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi February 26th 2014

These few weeks have truly been action packed and memorable. Being an AMREF flying doctor definitely keeps me busy and out of trouble! First let me tell you a little about AMREF. The African Medical Research Foundation was set up by 3 plastic surgeons in 1957. They had identified that there were many patients in Africa in need of plastic surgery following injuries from war, accidents etc. They started travelling around Africa, running clinics and operating. This soon snowballed. They realised that flying to the patients was quicker that travelling overland, thus the “flying” part begun. It soon became clear that in many cases the facilities required were not available in remote areas and that it was better to evacuate the patient to a more resourced hospital. Meanwhile, they had also started outreach programs including teaching ... read more
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Nairobi to Lodwar

Africa » Kenya » Western Province February 25th 2014

What a lot has happened since my last blog! I am sitting in the Bumala Vision Cyber Shop which is the business Ben started to give him an income so that he can do the work with women that God has called him to. Beside me is a high school teacher who has come in to get something downloaded from the Internet for her class. We are in an area of little shops. There are lots of people on the streets. Trying to get things in order,the journey was long but uneventful except that the airport at Addis Ababa was completely chaotic. It was exotic too with some men and women in national dress. The transfer hall was lined with couches, all occupied. There was a queue about six or eight wide and 100 yards long ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Western Province February 20th 2014

Well, that wasn't so bad! I now have two bulging cases each weighing the permitted 50 lb. We solved the problem of getting both to the Airport, but in a sad way. Barbara Robinson's mother's condition was deteriorating rapidly and they left on Tuesday evening for Toronto. Her mother has since died, and Barbara, our condolences to you and your family. Malcolm R. is in Toronto with her and he generously offered to take one case in their car and he will deliver it to my hotel on the airport strip on Saturday morning before I leave for my plane. The other case travels with me on Megabus. God works things out so perfectly; thank you Lord. And,Barbara, so sad for you and your family. I am going to travel on Ethiopian Airways. On Tuesday morning ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa February 14th 2014

Ab und zu ergeben sich unerwartete Gelegenheiten. Eine davon ist mir am Valentinstag passiert. Von einem Kollegen wurde ich angefragt, ob ich in einer Jury mitmachen möchte, welche in einem lokalen Club namens Classic Billionaires Club "Miss Mombasa" wählt. Kann man da "nein" sagen? Erste Abklärungen hatten ergeben, dass die Gegend, wo sich der Club befindet, für Weisse unsicher ist. Dies hat uns natürlich verunsichert. Jedoch konnten wir dann mit weiteren Abklärungen die Situation klären und das Ganze neu einschätzen um schlussendlich doch zuzustimmen. Der Abend beginnt so, dass wir uns verspäten und unsere afrikanischen Freunde auf uns warten müssen. Normalerweise ist es umgekehrt ;-) Sobald wir den Club betreten, werden wir auf die Bühne gebeten um uns vorzustellen und danach gleich loszulegen. Die Jury besteht aus vier Mitgliedern: ein afrikanisches Paar, mein Kol... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Western Province February 12th 2014

Here I am in Lyn struggling to get ready for my great adventure. I shall fly on the 21st with Ethiopian airways to Nairobi and hope to arrive just after noon on the 22nd. First stop is Addis Ababa (12 1/2 hours)!! Three hours on the ground and then two more to Nairobi. Ben insists that he is coming to meet me because he is afraid the taxi driver will mug me. After a night in a hotel we will have a ten hour bus ride to Bumala. What to take and how to get it there? I can have two 50lb. Cases on the plane but Megabus will only take one. There are so many wonderful clothes that the good folk of St. Paul's are giving me, and there are the gifts I certainly want ... read more

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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa February 12th 2014

Utange liegt ein bisschen abgelegen von der Hauptstrasse und somit mache ich mich mit einem Tuk Tuk auf den Weg. Ich werde mindestens 20 Minuten auf nicht geteerten Strassen richtig durchgeschüttelt, bis ich Utange erreiche. Mein Tourguide hat ein Schulbesuch organisiert, bevor ich mit dem Verteilen der Kleider beginne. Wir besuchen jede Klasse im eigenen "Klassenraum" (ca. fünf) wo wir mit Gesängen begrüsst werden. Die Kinder aus den umliegenden Dörfern erhalten hier die Möglichkeit, sich wissen anzueignen. Dieses Mal habe ich sehr viele Babykleider (Danke an Jenny), welche natürlich sehr gut ankommen (und es evtl. auch am nötigsten haben). Mir persönlich gefallen diese Dorfbesuche sehr, da man sich weit entfernt von den touristischen Orten befindet. Man erhält einen Einblick in das richtige afrikanische Leben. So bin ich jeweils der einzige Mzungu (der Weisse) weit u... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi February 11th 2014

Had a little night stop in Nairobi where during the day me and couple of the girls went to visit and baby orphanage in the town. One of the girls had volunteered here couple years ago for a month. I'm so glad I went as I was worried it would be too heartbreaking but it was a lovely orphanage. They are so happy for you just to go in and help with the babies to feed them. There were lots of people there to help and the babies were just gorgeous. I was with one little baby boy for over an hour in which the whole time he just stared at me and kept giggling away. Just really puts so much into perspective.... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province February 10th 2014

The water tank I bought Isaac and Josephine had now been delivered and installed just in time as it has rained very heavily over the last couple of days I was hoping to see water come from the tap before I left. The tank that I decided on in the end was the largest which once full, will keep the family supplied with water for up to 5/6 months. A great relief to Josephine. Sunday 2nd February it's Isaac's birthday. They don't acknowledge their birthdays and some (the older generation) don't even know when it is or how old they are. I've bought a birthday cake from town which is iced beautifully but unfortunately the icing did not survive the very bumpy motorbike journey. Nevertheless, I've used the Christmas candle that I brought with me ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Coast Province » Mombasa February 10th 2014

Back to Mzambaruni. Eigentlich besuche ich immer wieder neue Villages. Durch ein kleines Missverständnis bin ich wieder in Mzambarauni gelandet, das ich schon letztes Jahr besichtigt habe. Da sich diese Dörfer wie ein Ei dem anderen gleichen, hatte ich es fast nicht mehr wiedererkannt. Auf jeden Fall habe ich andere Menschen als beim letzten Besuch getroffen und somit haben neue Personen die gesponserten Kleider erhalten. Gleich am Anfang des Dorfes habe ich eine Schule und eine Kirche besucht, welche die ersten Süssigkeiten erhalten haben. Diese gehen bei so vielen Kinder weg wie warme Weggli ;-) Danach gings im Dorf weiter. Es sind immer Dörfer, welche weder fliessend Wasser haben noch einen Anschluss ans Stromnetz. Die Hütten sind aus Lehm gefertigt und die "Dächer" sind aus natürlichen Materialien wie Äste oder getrockneten Blätter hergestellt. Trotz allem machen ... read more
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Africa » Kenya » Nairobi Province » Nairobi February 6th 2014

DAY 1: I left Jersey today at 7:30pm after saying goodbye to my girlfriends and my parents at the airport. I was so nervous, but so excited about starting my journey to Africa. (Picture 1) I flew British Airways to Gatwick and had an over night stay in a nearby guest house. I could not sleep a wink as I was so excited and buzzing about stepping foot in Africa! I repacked and unpacked and replaced my case, shifting things around and putting things in new pockets and when I was finally happy, I eventually nodded off to sleep. DAY 2: I set an alarm for 7am, and jumped straight out of bed. Finally I was going to Africa! I packed up my stuff again and loaded up my rucksacks and went downstairs for breakfast. I ... read more
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