During the past month, I traveled to Luderitz to work at the Luderitz Hospital doing data work for the CDC concerning HIV treatment and compliancy. It was interesting to learn how they collect data and how it is reported to the CDC. There is one employee who spends her days inputting data into the CDC computer from all over the //Karas Region. She was going on vacation so they wanted me to learn how to do her job. The interesting thing about the whole process was that I learned how to do it, spent 3 days doing her job and then while she was gone, they did not have me come back to do the job for her. Not because I didn’t do a good job, but because no one got around to finding me accommodations for the 2 weeks while she would be gone. I stayed with a Peace Corps Volunteer while I was there for the 3 days but told the nurse in charge that I could not impose on him (26 year old Carlos, thanks!) any longer. Life in Namibia! Here are some pictures of Luderitz. It is a beautiful town on the southern coast of Namibia.
My friends Karin and Steve brought me a wonderful mattress and box springs so sleeping is good again! I owe them so much because they really look after me in more ways than I can count. I dog sit for them when they travel so have hot water with some regularity and anytime I need a shower, I head up to their house to get clean!
I went to a funeral this past weekend of a 46 year old man who died on Aug. 11th. Namibians always have their funerals on Saturdays and this funeral took place on Aug. 28th. It was a moving ceremony and I here are a few pictures. There was one song/chant sort of thing the congregation did when the family members spoke that felt soulful and sad. I plan to learn more about that song as soon as possible because it tore at my heart.
A quick post to let everyone know I’m doing fine. I will be home in less than two weeks for Andrew and Ambers wedding. I can’t wait to see as many people as I can!
"Never believe that a few caring people can't change the world. For, indeed, that's all who ever have." - Margaret Mead