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More at Shyira Hospital

Shyira Hospital


I spent two days at the remote and idyllic Shyira Hospital.

In many respects they lack much of what we take for granted in the US ? for example, they only have electricity for two hours each evening, when the generator is running.

But in other respects, they have so much that we lack ? peacefulness and even solitude. We went to bed shortly after the lights went out at 8:30pm, and got up before 6:00am, fully rested. The hospital starts its day at 7:00am.

Caleb King translating for me

Caleb King translating for me

Today, after morning report, I gave a talk, at the Kings' invitation. Caleb translated ? into French, which the staff understand. They also speak some English and everyone is fluent in Kinyarwanda, the national language.
I used a talk I gave a couple of years ago at Duke ? on spirituality and health. I think it all went fine.

Both yesterday and today we spent time rounding on the wards ? peds, adult medicine and obstetrics.

Will with a kindergarten class

Will with a kindergarten class

Today Will put together home-made Play-Doh, and taught the kindergartners how to make things. He is having a great time at Shyira.

This evening I left him there and returned to Kigali, where I'll spend the next couple of days.

Arrived in Rwanda

On the way here via Brussels, we got to spend an unplanned extra day in Belgium. Our plane flight was cancelled, and we had to wait a day for it to go.

Everyone was very kind to us ? they put us up in a hotel at the Brussels Airport, and served us great food.

We got to visit with several of our fellow pilgrims to Rwanda ? a couple from Little Rock on their way to visit their daughter who is working for an non-profit group in Rwanda, three college students who are going there to do volunteer work with another group for several weeks, a lady going home to Congo (she lives a five hour bus ride from Kigali, Rwanda), and an AIDS researcher who works in Rwanda. It turns out we know lots of people in common.

We arrived after dark this evening ? so have not yet seen much, but it is clearly hilly. After all, Rwanda is known as the Land of a Thousand Hills.
Tomorrow we visit the main genocide memorial and then leave the capital city to visit some of the outlying areas.