News from September 2007

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 Sun, 30 Sep 2007 | Visit David and Gillian Maganda's blog

Been and Gone!

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Now that all of the MPO’s have had time to settle back into the daily routine of their life back home, they’ve had time to reflect on their experiences in Kenya. Here are a few of their thoughts and feelings.

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Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Wed, 26 Sep 2007 | Visit Ronnie and Maggie Briggs's blog

Decisions

In some ways decisions about life are simper in rural Uganda – no worries about which TV programme to watch, which washing powder to use or where one should eat out tonight.

In some ways however significant decisions lurk at every corner. When out in the bush on my bicycle on Wednesday evening I stopped with a local family briefly. The three year old son was most unwell with pneumonia. As a GP in Ballyholme I would have phoned for an ambulance. After examination conducted with only my eyes and hands, and discussion with the family I left him in a mud hut without any treatment. The balance of allowing people to be responsible for themselves, and intervening in their lives is an unscripted path.

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

Life's Hard

Life’s not very easy anywhere but the harshness of life here in rural Uganda was brought home to us very strongly recently.

Audette and Fiona were visiting Kiwoko on behalf of ISIS – a charitable foundation which Audette founded some years ago with a friend. ISIS support our baby intensive care unit and we went out to visit a mother and child who had spent some time on the unit. This was meant to be a happy visit – the baby had come onto the unit weighing just 700 grammes and the staff had seen him through to a weight of about 2 kg. Victor as he was named on the unit had then gone home, with his mother due to bring him back for follow up.

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Mpkenandjudith Posted by Ken & Judith Finch on Wed, 12 Sep 2007 | Visit Ken and Judith Finch's blog

Is it an end or a beginning?

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Our time in Kenya is coming to an end and after 21 visitors over 3 months, more than 500 lovingly prepared evening meals, thousands of kilometres travelled over rough roads and hundreds of people befriended I think we can deem the Mission Placement Opportunity (MPO) experiment a success! With so many people on their way back to their various parishes enthused and encouraged by their contact with Kajiado then we can be sure that the partnership link between the Churches in Ireland and Kajiado will go on from strength to strength.

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Ronnie___maggie_3 Posted by Ronnie & Maggie Briggs on Mon, 10 Sep 2007 | Visit Ronnie and Maggie Briggs's blog