This is the theme for the AIM AIDS conference taking place in Nairobi and where I am attending. Next week I’ll write more, but I just wanted to let you know that I am learning a lot.
Yes, I am in Aru at the moment after having spent a day as well in Ariwara. Both are south of Adi. In Ariwara I needed to visit the vodacom office because my Congo telephone number was blocked, and still is. No solution yet. I hope that it will be found because I like to keep the same number. When I arrived in Ariwara and went to the CECA church, I discovered that the disctrict council was taking place. A good occasion to see many pastors whom I know and share a bit of my ideas for the AIDS Program.
In Aru I am staying with good friends form Oicha time, Amanio and Drabiru. The sad thing is that Drabiru is in Bunia for meetings. The good thing is that one of their daughters is here with her two boys, also visiting. The reason to stop in Aru was to get a new exit/entry visa for Congo, and that mission succeeded without any problems. It only took abut two hours, but that is normal in Congo. In the meanwhile I had a big discussion with one of the officials about AIDS. Also here in Aru, I saw many old friends and I really enjoyed that.
Tomorrow to Arua and Saturday to Kampala.
After the flight to Kampala on Saturday and a long bus ride to Arua, in the north of Uganda, on Tuesday did I arrive safely in Adi May 10 after a long ride on a truck. This about 70 kilometers ride took 7 hours because of the bad roads. It is rainy season and the roads were full of potholes and mud. We became stuck twice.
Friday May 11 I have seen many friends who warmly welcomed me. Bhayo Leeku, one of my former colleagues in the AIDS program who continued as a volunteer, came to Arua to see me and talk with me about the continuation of the program. A very good meeting. For the rest I am slowly unpacking my things and relaxing.
Na de vlucht naar Kampala zaterdag en een lange bustrip naar Arua, in het noorden van Uganda, op dinsdag ben ik donderdag op 10 mei na een lange rit met een vrachtwagen in Adi aangekomen. Deze reis nam maar liefst bijna 7 uur in beslag door de slechte wegen. We kwamen zelfs twee keer vast te zitten.
Vrijdag 11 mei heb ik veel vrienden gezien die me een warm welkom gaven. Bhayo leeku, een van m’n oud collega’s in het AIDS programma die als vrijwilliger verder is gegaan, was zelfs naar Arua gekomen en we hebben samen gepraat over de voortzetting van het programma. Een heel goed gesprek. Voor de rest ben ik nu langzaam bezig met uitpakken en uitrusten.
After a long flight (stop in Kigali, Rwanda) I did arrive safely at Entebbe yesterday evening and am enjoying the quiet and rest at the guesthouse of AIM in Kampala now.
Tomorrow I will leave for Uganda! Yeah. Back to my ministry. Although the first two months I will be on the way a lot. Two conferences (an AIDS conference in Nairobi, Kenya the end of this month and the AIM Central Region conference in Uganda in June). Will stay in Uganda afterwards for a short holiday and to wait for a volunteer who is coming to Adi to investigate if mission is for her (she is a student nurse/midwife). I am looking forward to that visit.
I will be going to Adi next week and will meet up with my two former colleagues to talk about the AIDS program. They have been doing a lot and I really like to work together with them to develop the program, in spite of not having found financial support.