30 July 2012

Niger in the [Olympic] News

Niger's very first Olympic rower!  Dreaming of the day when they can boast an athlete in the Paralympics too!

Check out the story here.

27 July 2012

Likita Tsoho

Last night, I spoke to a chapel full of hearing aids and walkers . . . I may have been the only one in the room still sporting real teeth . . . I certainly had the least amount of gray hair!  But there was no doubt about it, I was clearly the only rookie too!

'How many of you served at Galmi Hospital?' I asked.  About a third of the hands were raised.  'And in Niger?'  That brought us to about half.

And there I stood, still green from my first-term, before All Those Who Had Gone Before.

24 July 2012

Mechanical Problems

Air travel is always an adventure.  We should be lining up to taxi . . . but it'll be another two an a half hours before we even think about boarding.  Which means spending the night in a city where I know no one.  Eh, c'est la vie, right?!

Yesterday I was chatting with some friends about those small change-of-plans moments that happen in our lives.  You know, like when you forget a document at home, swing a U-turn, pick up what you forgot, and then drive past the accident you most-likely-would-have-been-in.

We all have stories like that.  It happens all the time.  Maybe it was someone you bumped in to . . . maybe it was a disaster averted . . . maybe it was something silly, like 'my plane was delayed, I'm going to miss my connecting flight, so the nice guy behind the counter just gave me a $50 voucher for my next flight with his company.'  Nice.

So, what's your story?  I'd love to hear it!

18 July 2012


I know it's been nearly two weeks since I've posted . . . I'm in the US and I'm still processing (that and since leaving Africa, my daily life doesn't seem interesting enough to hold my own attention, let alone all of yours!).

But, today, I need your help.

I need you to log into your facebook account, visit ReachOut (here's the link again, if you missed it), click the 'LIKE' button at the top, then click on the box that's labeled 'VOTE FOR PROJECTS'.  This will bring you to another page where you can choose from one of nine projects going on around the world.  The one with the most votes will receive $4000 (Australian) for the project.  Considering we need $250,000 for the new PT Department at Galmi, this will give us a GREAT head start.