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Brenda’s Travel Diary

Sunday, 02 Oct 2011

Location: Kahama, Tanzania

MapSunday, October 2nd, 2011

This is our last day in Kahama. Karen went off to church with our friend Joseph and I spent the morning sorting through items still sitting around the Resthouse that need to be distributed. I made a “to-do” list for Rob and Twyla who have offered to wrap things up after we go. We had included 300 French books in the crate for Costa to give out in a refugee camp in the Congo. We were supposed to transport them to Rwanda but I decided that it would be too difficult to transport them. We’re exhausted…sorry Costa! We made arrangements for them to be donated to the refugee camp that we drive through on the way to the Rusumo border crossing. This camp is full of Rwandans who have been living there since the genocide. They don’t receive a lot of support and since they speak French, I thought it would be a good place to donate the books.

Dr Subi invited our group, Dr Andrew, Anthanis and our friend Berit over for an afternoon meal. They cooked us an amazing feast which included tilapia, chicken, goat meat and beef plus a dozen other dishes. We gave the family their gifts and had a good visit. While we were there, many people came by to say good-bye so the final picture taking affair took awhile. We had a lot of laughs and really enjoyed ourselves.

A few of us went over for a final tour of the hospital. It’s very impressive to see what Dr Subi has accomplished in the three years since he became the District Medical Officer of Kahama District. He has many more plans of expansion and improvement so we’ll look forward to seeing the changes on our next visit! A torrential rainstorm started just as we were about to leave so we had to wait that out before walking back to Dr Subi’s!

We had one last meeting scheduled with Dr Subi and Jackie to wrap things up and then a final meal at Pineridge. Karen had pre-ordered our sandwiches and a “veggie pizza” but it still took 2 1/2 hours to get our food and then the order wasn’t right. That’s one thing we won’t miss about eating here! We arrived back to the Resthouse to pack in the dark. We’ve had virtually no power since Friday but since I got back from Moshi, the power has only been on for a couple hours. It’s been frustrating not being able to charge our cameras, phones or computers as well as having to operate by candlelight! We said a sad good-bye to Rob who didn’t want to get up before dawn to see us off!