Saturday, April 26, 2014

Happy Easter and Merry Christmas in April

Easter was a busy weekend here for us.  On Friday, the start of Easter 4 day holiday here, and our 34th Independence Day, we had a container arrive from the US.  It is always quite a job to unload it from the truck to our ground without a crane.  It involves our tractor pulling with chains and piece of old pipe to keep it rolling and a pit the truck backs up into to be level with the ground!  It is too scary for me to watch most of the time!
Saturday the Natomos team of Linda, Mercy, Elsa and Brandon helped to teach the kids during our church conference.  They did lessons, crafts, soccer and drama with them.  They all had a great time.
Sunday morning we had Easter sunrise service that started at 6 a.m. and went until 9 a.m.  Then we came home to cook Easter dinner and 13 people came to eat.  The Easter bunny even found us out in the bush and delivered some chocolate eggs.
We left after lunch for Harare with our team who was leaving the next day for the US.  We enjoyed an Italian restaurant for dinner.  The next morning we spent at the flea market negotiating and buying, buying.  Then they went back to the flat to pack up and we took them to the airport that evening.
Major and I spent the next day running around getting things for the hospital.  We had quite a list and finally left Harare just after 6 p.m.  We arrived home at 11:30 p.m. exhausted and up at 6 for work the next morning.
Yesterday afternoon we opened the container and started to unpack a bit.  It takes lots of time to get it all out and then unpack each of the boxes and barrels.  We unpacked about 1/4 of the container and we have plenty to put away already.
This morning the solar team arrived to install my solar panels for my battery back-up to give me lights and some plugs that will work when ZESA is off.  I had the back-up system for over a year and love it--now it is being charged by solar so even if we have no ZESA for a day it will charge my batteries.  Of course it rained hard for 2 hours while they were working.  Our raining season continues.
I was able to harvest my field 2 weeks ago and got almost 1 ton of maize for the hospital this year.  The youth group took a Saturday to go and pick it all.  They had a great time and got it all done.  We have had some of the pregnant mothers from Masasa who are waiting to deliver their baby pull it off the cob and put it in bags.

Mercy coloring and putting on stickers

Elsa helping with the kids
Easter dinner
 Easter dinner

 Kathy with Natomos team

10,000 liters of diesel arriving and being put into our storage tanks
 Major opening container
Unpacking container
 Putting the solar panels on my roof at home

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter and Independence Day!

We had a visit on March 29th from Jeff Dunbar from Santa Rosa.  Unfortunately his bags did not arrive with him and he was to explain the new medical record system we are doing with Rotary in Sebastopol.  When he got back to Harare to leave 3 days later the 2 Ipads he brought had been stolen with the information on it.  We enjoyed having him for just a short time in the hospital and showing him life in a Zimbabwean hospital--as we say it is just like an American hospital, but different!  He helps to run the Internet Continuing Education program we are involved with through Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, CA, every Wednesday.

Dr. Nura Isala our new doctor we hired, arrived on Friday the 12th to begin work with us.  Already he had done 2 C/Sections and been on call all this week.  It is great to have him.  Nura was with us for 7 months  5 years ago.  We are happy to have 2 doctors again as it has been very busy.

Well this past week we welcomed a team of 4 from Adventure Natomas church in Sacramento, CA.  Brendon, Elsa, Linda and her daughter Mercy arrived at 3 a.m. on Sunday, the 13th of April.  They had quite an adventure getting here which included a car overheating, driving slowly for several hours and driver comments about how dangerous it is on the roads in Zimbabwe!  They still arrived with smiles on their faces and were up in 5 hours to start a full day of Sunday activities.

Monday and Tuesday they worked at the hospital and Jo kept busy wherever needed.  How nice it was to have someone see a need and go and start working.  She worked between taking vitals in OPD, helping with Lab tests in the Lab, going to Well Baby and ART clinics and driving for me!

This week I harvested my field and women from our Waiting Moyther's shelter are helping to take it off the cob.  Looks like we will get 20x 50 kg bags of maize for the hospital--a good year here and still had rain this week!

Wednesday the Sacramento group left with Major for 2 nights and 3 days at Rhino Camp in Kariba.  Jo left on Thursday for the US.  I had 1 day to catch up on laundry, clean my house and work.

Thursday night a 4 day church meeting started at the church.  The church is packed and everyone is having a great time.  It looks like about 700 people are here to celebrate the death and burial and resurrection of our Lord. The Adventure group taught 2 lessons for kids and a did a craft with them this morning.  Much singing, dancing and preaching.  Everyone is having a great time!

Friday night the group came back from their safari--sunburned and happy to tell me about all the animals they saw--some up close.  Major caught enough fish to feed everyone one night--he was very happy!

Easter is a 4 day holiday (Friday-Monday) and yesterday was also the 34th anniversary of Independence of Zimbabwe.  So I have only had to work a few hours in the morning each day to catch up on work and do the discharges.  That has been a nice break.

Tomorrow we have church at 6 a.m. outside to see the sunrise then 13 people are coming here for a lunch and then Major and I take the the Adventure group to Harare to spend the night and then a morning of shopping on Monday before they leave for home Monday evening.  Life is always exciting and full here.  Happy Easter to all of you!

Jeff Dunbar with Major

Taking my maize off the cob at the hospital
Can you believe that those Seattle people made me wear this Seahawks sweatshirt!
 Linda giving morning staff devotions with Major translating
Brandon giving morning staff devotions with Gill translating

Dr. Nura Isala doing a C/Section

Else holding the baby after the C/Section
 Visitors at devotions at the hospital

Major catching all those fish!

 Brandon enjoying elephants up close

Jo at work in a clinic

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sad news

We were very shocked on Thursday the 27th of March when we went to Harare and Dr. Kellert thought she was going to get her work permit renewed and she was given 72 hours to leave the country.  The director of immigration would not tell her why and so she booked a ticket and left for South Africa on the 29th of March and then on to the US on the 4th of April--her birthday!

We all feel very sorry for her and pray that God will allow this decision to be overturned.  So many people were shocked and it was all hard for us to decide what to do as were all in a state of shock.  Pray for her and also for her decision to decide whether she will appeal this decision.  She is taking time in the US to decide what to do next.

New visitors arrived when Jo and Dr. Derik Taninguchi arrived with their friend Pat Jacobs on Friday the 21st of March.  Pat and Jo are nurses and we put them to work.  Derik saw some GI patients for us and taking lots of video and pictures.  Jo and Derik were with us 2 years ago and enjoyed it so much they came back for more fun.  Follow their trip on Facebook page "Friends of Chidamoyo." Look it up and see lots of pictures and "like" us on Facebook.

On the 27th of March  Cheri and Larry Gail join us.  They are the organizers of our fundraisers in Seattle, WA and friends of the Taninguchi's who are also from Seattle. This is Cheri's fifth trip here and Larry's  first to Chidamoyo but second to Zimbabwe.  We quickly put everyone to work--going to one of our ART outreach clinic yesterday.

 Larry installed a deionizer for our Lab machines which he brought from the US. This will save us lots of money to make our own water.  It was costing us $20 every 2-3 days to buy the water to run the machines, so this is a big help.

Our solar system at the hospital has been down for 3 weeks and we were all missing it so much, especially since ZESA had several faults during that time.  Gerald and his wife Sharon and their tech Edwell showed up on the 29th of March with the new part and put it in.  We were happy to have them here and enjoyed lunch together before they headed back to Chinhoyi.  Our nurses were dancing for joy to have the solar back-up working again.  No more deliveries by candlelight!

Since all these Seattle people have come they have brought us Seattle Seahawk T-shirts, sweatshirts and flags to celebrate their Super Bowl win.  It is hard for this 49er fan to put this stuff on!  Besides they are the ones who prevented the 49ers from going to the Super Bowl!  They even brought a 12th player towel for us!

On Tuesday the 1st of April I headed off to Rhino Camp for a safari with Gails, Taninguchi's and Pat.  We had 3 nights there and enjoyed seeing so many animals including lions who were at our boat when we left!

We went to Harare on the 4th of April and after a day of shopping saw Derik, Larry and cheri off on the evening of the 5th of April.  We saw Pat off on the evening of the 6th of April.  Jo came back with me and has been helping me with reports at the hospital, doing Malaria tests (lots of positives) and going for Well Baby Clinic.

Cheryl at work with a Medical Student from Ohio State
Gilly Withers with Cheryl, Dr. Kabanzi, Kathy and Major

Going out  for ART clinic
Jo, Cheri and Derik at work at ART clinic

Jo and Cheri working at ART clinic

Solar team that came to repair solar system with Kathy, Major and Cheri and Larry.  Edwell, Sharon and Gerald
The Seahawk fans
Jo and Pat at work getting meds ready for ART clinic
Kariba sunset