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Working on Projects

February 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

During our first 2 weeks in Niger, we spent time in Niamey working on projects at Sahel Academy and various SIM facilities. At Sahel, Brad found a high speed Internet connection in the new library and set himself to work on business planning and financial admin issues, and Lynette carried out a bunch of duties, [...]

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Tags: Niger · Photos · Travel

Blogging in the dark

February 14th, 2009 · No Comments

So we’re sitting here at 10 pm in the pitch dark, blogging by the glow of laptop screens spread around the room and out on the porch. This is the third or fourth power failure today, and the second since the sun went down. The last time the power came on, a huge cheer was [...]

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Tags: Niger · Travel

In praise of ceiling fans

February 8th, 2009 · 121 Comments

Not many people know this about me, but I have held a long aversion to ceiling fans. Maybe this is a reaction to growing up with my parents, who love them. Not for me the 1980′s rumpus-room-chic fan with wooden blades inset with lattice work. Not for me the blinged-out fans adorned with bulbous lights [...]

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Tags: Niger · Travel

Neat photos from Chad

February 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Not that Chad – Chad the country. These photos aren’t mine or in Niger, but they might as well be. They are certainly representative of things we have seen. Both pics from:

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Family blogging

February 6th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The following are five different accounts of the same events that took place today. I shall go first. The Day According to Brad: Today, the kids went to school again, as they did yesterday. Tommy joined a grade 2/3 class at Sahel Academy. Annie has joined Miss Blomquist’s (they call her Miss. B. “because it’s [...]

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Tags: Niger · Travel

Traveling with kids

February 5th, 2009 · No Comments

Some people have been wondering how it has been traveling with the kids. I think it helps that our kids have been subjected to long periods of boredom on many drives between Regina and Calgary, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Prince Albert, Toronto, and other places. We refuse to have a DVD player in the car – we [...]

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Tags: Morocco · Niger · Photos

The last few days

February 4th, 2009 · No Comments

Busy times, so here’s a quick summary of the past few days: Weather – clear & sunny, slight breeze – 39 degrees C Brad – borrowed a cell phone from our new friends from Calgary – worked at Sahel Academy on financial management issues – delivered lunch to Lynette and the kids – got the [...]

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Tags: Niger · Travel