News from 2007

Happy Christmas to All Our Readers

Yesterday was the Kiwoko hospital Christmas party.

With singing, sketches, food, speeches it was an excellent afternoon. Students, staff and children presented, and unlike last year the rain stayed away and let us eat the roasted bull in peace.

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Sat, 22 Dec 2007 | 1 comments | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

Christmas Greetings

It absolutely amazes me how time flies. One week runs into another and before you know it, another year is coming to an end! We’ve been really bad at keeping in touch with people this year – and we apologize that demands of work have kept us from doing the really important things, like keeping in touch with you!

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Magandas Posted by Gillian Maganda on Mon, 03 Dec 2007 | Visit David and Gillian Maganda's blog

Gang Violence Escalating

This past Thursday evening, my beloved husband arrived home from work tired, hungry and in need of a listening ear. He’d had a hard day at the office. Suddenly he had the urge to visit Refuge Egypt’s pre-school, which is very close to our house, and check up on the Youth English classes. About 5 minutes after he arrived, around 20 gang members descended upon the pre-school and were trying to force their way in the gate. They were looking for a certain rival gang member and started beating one of our staff members who was baracading the door.

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Magandas Posted by Gillian Maganda on Mon, 03 Dec 2007 | Visit David and Gillian Maganda's blog

Dancing Bishops

Yesterday morning (Sunday) I found myself at the Tenth anniversary celebrations of Mukono University. Previously (for almost 100 years) it was a theological college (named after Bishop Tucker). Then ten years ago it became the first private university to be given its charter when the Ugandan government deregulated tertiary education. Also known as UCU (Uganda Christian University) it seems to be doing a good job preparing students in various different disciplines for roles of leadership in their country.

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 19 Nov 2007 | 1 comments | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

Prayer Requests: November 2007

It’s been a while since I’ve been on my blog – simply because we have been swamped with work. With funding reports to write; proposals to update and many visitors, life is never boring – that’s for sure! Here’s a few prayer requests for us as a family for the coming months.

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Magandas Posted by Gillian Maganda on Fri, 16 Nov 2007 | Visit David and Gillian Maganda's blog

Refuge Egypt: Situation Update September 2007

During the past 3 months, Refuge Egypt has continued to focus upon its 7 core objectives in providing a place where refugees feel welcome; continuing to be the main healthcare provider for refugees in Egypt; Offering emergency assistance and spiritual encouragement; providing opportunities for individuals to become self-sufficient; advocating for the most vulnerable within the refugee community and offering limited education opportunities for children, challenged youth and adult education classes.

Despite a drop in numbers accessing our services during the first 6 months of 2007, this past quarter we have registered a significant increase in refugees, and in particular those coming from Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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Magandas Posted by Gillian Maganda on Fri, 16 Nov 2007 | Visit David and Gillian Maganda's blog

Knocked Down and Left to Die

One incident that really upset us recently, was that of a Sudanese man, who was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver. He was left lying at the side of the road for 2 full days and nights. His injuries were quite extensive and one passerby even threw a dirty blanket over him because they thought he was dead. Eventually after 2 days of no food; no water; and no good samaritian in sight, one Egyptian man stopped as he suspected the man was still breathing.

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Magandas Posted by Gillian Maganda on Fri, 16 Nov 2007 | Visit David and Gillian Maganda's blog

Blood

Greetings from Kiwoko.

We’ve had a busy week entertaining some visitors from the Ulster hospital. It has been good to have them – they were involved with helping optimise the pictures produced by our x-ray equipment; train our ward sisters; judge our inter-ward competition; visit patients in the community; share at morning worship; provide physio on the wards when our physio Alison was busy with the HIV +ve children; and generally encourage staff by their presence.

It was also great to receive some finance they had raised which will help subsidize costs for treatment provided on paediatric ward and also send a nurse for further training.

They are part of a project to build links with the Ulster hospital which seems to be a most worthwhile endeavour so far!

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 29 Oct 2007 | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

Good to be Home

Better late than never they say….. well late I am, but it is good to be blogging again at last.

I’m back in Uganda after a few weeks in the UK. It was great to see some folk, attend the CMSI mBrace conference, meet some hospital supporters, swim in the sea, walk in Cairn wood, organise some equipment to be brought out, have a fish supper with Granny, get some bits for the bike and house……

Sorry if you are one of the people whom I was sitting in Heathrow lamenting our lack of having met up – hopefully next time we will succeed.

And I have been a bit too busy for blogging for far too long– hopefully no longer so.

But to be honest it is now good to be home. While saying goodbye to my friends and family in Ireland is always hard (not least this time with the lovely Denise) it has been good to get back to Kiwoko.

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Wilsons_2013 Posted by Rory Wilson on Mon, 15 Oct 2007 | Visit Rory, Denise & Gideon Wilson's blog

You Heard it Here First

Personally (Ken here) I blame Niall Manogue.

Niall recently left Kiwoko to take up the post of Regional Mission Partner with CMS Ireland. While Niall was at Kiwoko we would run together to unwind from a day in the office. On one of these runs Niall challenged me to run the Belfast marathon – thinking that he was not serious I said I would if he would. That was me thinking of course that Niall would not be so – what’s the word – foolish.Anyway it seems that he is and so we have committed ourselves to running the Belfast marathon on May Day 2008 in Belfast.

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Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Tue, 09 Oct 2007 | Visit Ken and Judith Finch's blog