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Third Trimester....

Hard to believe that I am in my 7th month! (of volunteering, that is.)   The end of my work here is in sight, and my safe delivery back to Canada in July.   554 more words


"You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you’ll discover will be wonderful." (part 2)

Waking up in Sunja and walking around with Josip, talking about the town before the war and after, the hardships and the traumatic experiences our friends had to go through as young kids, much like too many are facing now in Syria, Palestine, Africa etc. 1,300 more words

Pieces Of My Life

Getting there is half the fun?

Gombe Stream safari:

So, in our attempts to see as many different facets of Tanzania as possible in our time here, on Good Friday Patricia and I got up at 3 a.m. 566 more words


In honour of World Water Day, March 22nd

OK, so I am a few days late, but it has been busy! And it really should be World Water Month …or  Year.  It is hard to wrap your mind around the seriousness of this day, living, as many of us do, in countries where we take clean drinking water for granted.   456 more words


We want to give our best, but what is it? Things are not as easy as we may think....

When recently in Simiyu, Lake Zone, Tanzania, I met a program assessor from a donor country. When I mentioned that the Tanzania Midwives Association (TAMA) had a 5 day Midwives Emergency Skills Training, she commented that it was not the “standard” 15 day Comprehensive Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (CEmONC), or even the 12 day Basic Emergency Obstetric and Neonatal Care (BEmONC), and thus might not be considered for funding using their criteria. 487 more words


Time Flies When You're Having Fun...at work

In a week, I will have been here for 4 months – hard for me to believe! It seems like we are just getting started.  Just 5 more months to to work on a problem that keeps developing more layers – rather like an onion, except crying is not a direct consequence… just indirect – for those the current system has failed. 912 more words


Mud, mud, glorious mud, Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood....*

It is interesting how our bodies adjust to new-to-us temperatures, if we let them. It is regularly 30+C  here, hotter in the sun. Clearly avoiding mid-day excursions (siestas anyone?) is recommended. 653 more words