Congo Helping Hands is distributing school supplies (pens and notebooks) to needy elementary students in Kananga. Our partner, Jim Mukenge, selected 12 schools. Today is day one of the distribution. The children says Thank You to not only to Jeff (Mullins, our Director for Catholic Missions), to Woody (Collins, President and Director for Presbyterian Missions), and to Jim (Mukenge, Partner and Provincial Deputy). Also, our thanks to Mama Bernadette Ngalula.
A new written language is about to be born in rural Congo near Kindu. The end result will be a new written Bible for a tribal group. The linguistics group overnight-ed at MPH before departing on this exciting mission.
I am filling-in as manager of the Methodist Presbyterian Hostel (MPH) Guesthouse until the manager returns from the states. I have been using MPH for over 20 years. But now I get a chance to see the MPH from the other side of the check-in desk. This is Day 21 in this assignment.
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I'm back from my forced internet diet! The Congolese government asked the mobile phone not working too stop all internet and SMS service. I'm fine. The mobile internet and SMS were blocked from Dec31, 1200 hours to Jan19, 2400 hours. #Internet #Congo #SMS
It's pineapple season in the Kananga. Women walk around pineapple on their head for sale. A pineapple costs 600 Congolese Francs (about 36 cents). Nothing compares! Delicious! #Congo #Kasai #pineapple
I take a moto across town in the mornings. Since we used 3-4 drivers exclusively, it only takes a call. Also, we use them to run errands to pick up grocery items, supplies or other commodities. Then a call in the evening for the ride home. #Congo #Kasai #Kananga #Uber
Congo Helping Hands provide staple foods (cassava flour, corn meal, palm oil, sugar, and salt) to over 500 families in May 2018. On this day, the people was more orderly and constrained due to better planning and execution by the community leader.
Do you need to know about this travel advisory for Congo? I didn't! Reconsider travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Eastern DRC and the three Kasai provinces due to armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, armed home invasion, sexual assault, and physical assault, is common. Assailants may pose as police or security agents. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious crime. In the video, December 14, they were running to meet their candidate for president. https://www.newsaboutcongo.com/2018/1... #Congo #Kasai #2018Elections
Today, I got a question from a friend in the states via text. "Is your house ready for santa ie. Milk & cookies for the jolly old elf." My response: "Ready for Christmas! House, no. Neighborhood, no. Kananga, no! Friends' house, no,no,... Milk, yes if powdered milk counts. Cookies, James may bake some if he finds eggs in town. We are not in America!" Don't stop by Santa, James didn't find any eggs in town so we may be low on treats. #Congo #Kananga #eggs
Congolese don't eat a lot of meats and almost no diary. However, they eat peanuts when in season. But they supplement these protein sources with grubs from decaying palm trees, grasshoppers during migrating, termites, and flying ants during their season. I have tried them all. Would you try one of the exotic foods? Also what exotic non-meat have you eaten? Leave your answers below. #Congo #Kasai #food
This is a pilot project to restore farms to increase good production in the Kananga area. Farmer stopped farming for three seasons for to violence in the area. The displacement of farmers and people created an humanitarian crisis in the Kasai. 500,000 children are at risk to stunting, malnutrition, and starvation. #Congo #Kasai #crisis
In an earlier video (https://youtu.be/fOUrEYbQbXU), I talked about Congo being a cash only country. So what can happen if you have no way to prove payment for services or goods? Yep, you can be take advantage of. I think that's why I don't my passport and visa to date. #Congo #cash #problems
I have never had malaria in Congo which is a malaria endemic country. Thousands of children for annually and millions of adults are sick from malaria. I grateful for the preventative measures I use. One, I sleep under an insecticide treated bed net. Two, I take an anti-malaria medicine (Doxycycline) daily. And three, I used mosquito repent at night while sitting around. As I prepare for shooting this video, Bowayi, a Congolese friend stopped by and brought me some raw peanuts and fresh corn. I'm grateful!
Update from the Kananga. I recap the highs and LOWS of the week. The pastor at church asked where I had been the last 2-3 Sundays. Tuesday, I paid Immigration $100 for another letter to explain they had my passport. Wednesday, another thief from the house. Thursday and Friday, I was on stakeout at the house when on the thief to return. Saturday, we went to a local restaurant for river fish of the day.