Last Saturday afternoon I drove to Batanai to deliver some fertilizer for my field. I arrived just in time for a heavy rain storm. Then we heard the MP (Minister of Parliament) for our area was having a meeting with the local community at Batanai, so we went to see him. We were able to give him an update on the rebuilding of the kitchen/laundry at the hospital, and ask for more money to continue the project. Then I drove home and got home to Day 4 with no electricity at Chidamoyo! My solar was out because it had been cloudy and rainy all day. I watched a video on my computer and went to bed early! The rainy season and electricity seem not to be able to go together here--so everytime it rains we hold our breath because the electricity usually goes out and we never know for how many days! We finally got electricity back on Monday--Day 6. We all shouted for joy! Makes life so good when it comes back!
My kitchen remodel continues on. They got the new laundry room mostly finished and the plumber came to move sinks, pipes and water heater. So since Friday morning I have no water in the house, no shower and bringing buckets of water in to flush the toilet! Hopefully on Monday I hope to get my water back. I have been enjoying a warm shower outside at my guest rondoval every day, so not suffering too much!
Friday morning started at 0400 with a wake up call for a C/Section. I went to do anesthesia. Came home in time to shower, eat breakfast and go back to start the day! Got home at 6 p.m. and got ready for 12 people coming for dinner after our prayer time. Our surgery team from Harare arrived and brought another visitor with them. Major's family joined us too. They got here after 9 and we had dinner and then off to bed as they started surgeries at 0530 as they had a big list--15 surgeries!
They worked continually only breaking for 15 minutes tea time and finished at 5:00 p.m. I fed them dinner and sent them on their way by 6 p.m. to go back to Harare. It is always a long, busy and exhausting day, but many patients have their lives changed by the surgeries they are able to get done. We are so thankful to Dr. and Mrs. Kajese and Mr. Kundiona that come to do this.
Minister of Parliament Honarable Mr. Gandawa
Kitchen Remodel progressing
The extension to present kitchen
Mr. Kundiona teaching Dr. Isala with Sr. Kajese helping and Dr. Kajese doing anesthesia
This week the construction company came back to begin work on the fire damaged buildings again. It has been 4 months that we have been waiting for money and for supplies. We are happy to see them working again. They have put up the trusses and blunderings for the roof. They have been doing the beam filling in preparation for the roof. We continue to pray that the money will keep coming and that we will be able to have a new kitchen and laundry this year.
The rains continue and it is so great to be seeing green and crops growing so well this year. We are so thankful for our new mower bought by the UK Trust last year that we can keep the grass low and free of hiding snakes around the mission. We continue to pray that people will have a good harvest this year.
On Monday I went to Harare to sign the final papers on the townhouse Sylvia and I bought in Harare. We are so excited. It was a long struggle for 5 months to get all the paperwork done, but we are so thankful it all worked out well. The developer of the new townhouse is now busy finishing off our place so we hope to move in within 2 weeks! Stay tuned for more pictures when the big moving day comes!
Last night I was very privileged to deliver the new baby boy of Bennie Munemo-Nyamaharo. Bennie's mom, Mrs. Munemo works as a Nurse Aide in our Outpatient Department and is known as "Mother" to many. Bennie worked for me in my house 13 years ago when she finished high school and went on to become an AIDS counsellor at our hospital and then went on to Nursing School to become a Primary Care Nurse. She worked here for 2 years as a Nurse and then moved closer to Harare to work where here husband Last is a nurse and a minister. They have named their son Tadeanshe (Loved of God) and we wish them well!
New townhouse in Harare
Grandmother Munemo and her new grandson
Trusses and Blunderings for roof being put on
See how green everything is from the rain!
The grass is cut low to keep the snakes from hiding in tall grass!
New Years eve we brought in the New Year 2015 with a church service and fireworks at midnight. The church was packed and we had a band that played church songs and lots of people in the community came to hang out to wait until midnight. The firework show brought in the new year and everyone went home at 1 a.m. to sleep.
I spent NY Day doing rounds at the hospital and then came home to take decorations down and put them away for another year.
We had some big storms since 2015 began and good rain. There was so much rain one day that the fields between Karoi and Chinhoyi filled to overflowing and blocked the road for several hours so no traffic could get to Harare or the boarder. Cars that tried to pass got swept into fast flowing rivers and a big truck even got swept it was so powerful. Our doctor was trying to go to Harare for a few days and had to come back and try again 3 days later.
The planned remodeling of my kitchen has started. The first part is to expand my pantry and then move my wash sinks and washing machine there. Then we will expand the kitchen. Bob and Rose Coibion from Roseville, CA are coming in February with 2 of their grandchildren to finish it off with cabinets and a new floor. Can't wait! It will be nice to have a bigger and more efficient kitchen for cooking for all our visitors!