I have decided that getting anything from Murray for the blog is as painful as having teeth pulled. But I will persevere as I think it’s a great record of our time overseas. So please encourage Murray when he does give me a . . . . paragraph, ya! (Miriam)
“It was great to be back in Myanmar after 2 years. The change in the new political environment was seen everywhere, I could now get a visa on arrival, there are new cars on the road, but the sad thing was the division between rich and poor seems to be growing. This time I had a chance to visit projects in Northern Shan state, which has seen active conflict in recent years. It was exciting to see the work in the villages where we are operating, now with access to piped water in each household and electricity from micro-hydro. One village I visited in a remote location where the people had relocated 30 years ago as a result of conflict said that I was the first foreigner to ever visit that village. They all dressed up in their national costume to welcome me.” (Murray)
hope you enjoy the photos he has taken, and I’ve been editing. In my quest to figure out “what I want to be when I grow up” I’ve been taking photography classes and learning how to use photoshop. It’s been fun!
In early May I went to South Africa with 3 girlfriends to shop for clothes mostly. It was a lovely 5 day trip, I came back refreshed and in clothes that actually fit me. The kids and Murray survived, although Hayley is still unsure of my trip without her.
We meet Helen Clark when she was in Nairobi for a UN meeting.
Murray heads to the UK for meetings in June and then we head back to NZ for a holiday in July.
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