Leaving Kijabe – for a year (28/5/17)
May28

Leaving Kijabe – for a year (28/5/17)

Executive summary:  We’re returning to Australia for a planned year home this June! Life in the nonprofit, military or volunteer world has a rhythm:  workers in refugee camps work on location for a few months, then return home for some respite.  When Andy was in the Navy, a three year “sea duty” period of submarine deployments was followed by two years “shore duty”.  And in our world of Christian...

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Building people, not projects (12/5/17)
May12

Building people, not projects (12/5/17)

I noticed a little while ago that I’ve been struggling to answer the get-to-know-you question ‘so, what do you do?’. I used to respond with a paragraph-long description:  “well, I come alongside leaders working in resource-limited contexts, building capacity and capability through coaching, mentoring, and training.  If they have a vision or idea, I help build the capability within them and their organization to...

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Six Years in Kenya (17/4/17)
Apr17

Six Years in Kenya (17/4/17)

This weekend, we have been celebrating and reflecting. Six years ago, on Easter weekend 2011, we arrived in Kenya after quitting our jobs and selling our house in Australia with a 4 & 2 year old in tow. Having read a few books, studied rudimentary Swahili and some of the cultural differences we could expect, we landed excited and filled with anticipation.  Our first lesson: don’t let your 4 year old sit on top of the...

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Six Years on Pediatrics: Looking Forward, Looking Back (15/4/17)
Apr15

Six Years on Pediatrics: Looking Forward, Looking Back (15/4/17)

Somehow, this April marks 6 years of us living in Kijabe.  And finally, this month at the hospital I have had a little space to breathe and recollect, as the national doctors’s strike finally ended after 100 days.  Patients are not so often coming to us as their 5th and final stop, too late to help.  I have had several shifts now without a child dying.  Which has meant a little space to be able to enjoy the big picture. We have...

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Announcing…a new eye hospital in Congo (27/3/17)
Mar27

Announcing…a new eye hospital in Congo (27/3/17)

Keen readers of this blog and our Steeres in Kenya Facebook page may have noticed my being circumspect about a major project I’ve been privileged to support over the last year.  Often in the development of a major charitable project, until the project is ready to be ‘launched’ for fundraising it’s kept under wraps so that launching and fundraising occur simultaneously–no small task when you have donors...

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