Monthly Archives: July 2014

July 15th – a little restrospective

Julie and I returned to Belchertown safely on July 3rd.  The departure day was a little bittersweet.  Lawrence, our driver picked us up and took us to the school as we tried to cram everything we could into the last few hours on-site.   Julie managed to get her final lecture posted on the Moodle site, and I worked a lot with Jappah to get the remote access setup.

We spent part of the morning with Vuyu, the dean of the school.  He has a daunting task ahead of him.  There’s little funding available to run the school and so as he said he will go begging to various NGO’s and companies in Monrovia seeking assistance.  We both hope he is successful because there is such a great need.

Adjusting to ‘normal’ life in the US has been a bit harder than I expected.  Monday, July 7th I started a new job and Sunday, July 6th Julie headed off with our daughter Rachel to Missouri where Rachel starts her new job.  It’s a week later and everyone is either back home or in their new home in the case of Rachel).

Our dear friend Chacha told us ‘Africa will change you.’  The same sentiment came from our daughter Sarah who has been there for work several times.  I am sure they are both right, now Julie and I just have to figure out what those changes mean for us.

 

July 1st…what can I say?

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It is Tuesday and we are back in the hotel. Julie managed 4 lectures today and I spent a frustrating day with a firewall and in the end won and lost that battle.

We started our day with a huge scare (and we continue to be on guard).  There were two deaths from Ebola in the last two days. One from the hospital where the medical school students do their clinical and the other next door to the medical school.  It has put is both on edge. 

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Despite or maybe because of the outbreak both Julie and I feel we really need to do more here. Part of the reason for the problem is the low medical training here.  The Liberian people are warm, smart, friendly, caring, and patriotic. We have seem this every day here.  We have gotten used to being the ‘white people’ here from the outside and really begun to get to understand the limitations everyone here faces. When we went to church here we saw compassion, love, joy, and hope  all one place.  Our friend Chacha said to is “Africa will change you” and she was right.  We are not sure what will happen next except somehow we will come back.