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      Sunday Feb. 23 Tshikapa. Made it safely here on board of a sturdy Antonov 32 cargo plane, flown by an expert Russian crew. My seat was 1 m behind the cockpit. A little noisy, but it was only a 100 minute flight.        

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      Feb 2014 Back again
      I've been back in Kinshasa since Jan 10. I came with a one month visa that needed an extension. Everything worked out concerning this. Now I'm waiting for a call concerning my flight to Tshikapa, hopefully this week. I'm again staying with ...

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      June 28, 2013 Budapest I'm still at Aaron & Maresha's place where I'm well taken care off and improving in health, TG (for the un-initiated: this means Thank God). In the beginning I got tired easily and slept quite a bit. I guess my br...

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      July 21, 2013 Budapest Since landing in Budapest I have been staying with Aaron and Maresha. Since coming here I had a check-up in the hospital which came out clear. TG! I used to get dizzy now and then still, I guess aftershocks of the com...

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      Lessons and miracles
      As the day of my flight back to Europe was approaching, I travelled back to Tshikapa on a motorcycle taxi. This was quite a ride, @ 50 km, over narrow paths, through streams and up steep slopes where I had to get off the bike otherwise it c...

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          The chicken buildings wich SADR graciously has designated to be modified or used by us for this school project are in different states of ruin. The great advantage is that the floor is already cemented and the roof are nice an...

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      Second Building
      Since the first building was finished, we started on the second one. This one is on our own property on the other side of the village. It's about half an hour walk from the first building and having no truck or jeep available, it was the wo...

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      In my last post I wrote "voila" a new building. Well it was not as smooth as that. We had some bricks that just needed baking, but after that we had to look for more argile (clay). There was a spot about 1 km away from the schoolbuilding. S...

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      Here's a little update. So the last time we came to Mushapo was October 2012. Because the building we were supposed to have on our own property wasn't there yet, we opted for renovating one chicken house into 2 "new" school rooms. After sup...

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