Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre
Moshi, Tanzania, Africa
Roy’s sister Esther came to renew <60 year-old memories. We drove around Kilimanjaro to our childhood home Lasit near Loitokitok. There we had a reunion with Mahoo,Sophie and Emanuel who shared our home in the ‘thirties. What a churning of anecdotes and memories!
In May two grand-daughters, Serena and Sandra were IB (International Baccalaureate) graduates at ISM (International School Moshi) where three of our children have taught. We took them on a celebratory Serengeti Safari. Joining the safari was Emily who had graduated two years before and was out on vacation from Georgetown U.
Carolyn has taught at ISM for nine years. With both her daughters now in the States she found it easy to respond to recruitment to teach French at Dade Christian School where her brother David is Principal of the elementary school.
A special treat was the visit of Rachel, Dan’s firstborn. Her Arusha cousins gave her an intense orientation to the great variety and wholesome heartiness of the life of a Teen in Tanzania. In Tarangire Park she found herself in a mill of mammals that took her mind off the malled materialism of US.
Betsy and kids, Luke and Ellie, also flew up from Malawi to round out Rachel’s visit.
Marilyn lives 50 miles away in Arusha. We spent Christmas enjoying their lovely new house and its decorated sisal tree.
In April we had a geographically interesting and philosophically challenging tour of the Holy Land. We were with a Wheaton College Alumni group which included three of Betty’s siblings and their spouses.
In September with a number of colleagues we did a safari which included Ruaha Game Park, Lake
Nyasa/Malawi and Bagamoyo infamous slave port. We have also had several visits to Nairobi and to Pangani on the Indian Ocean.
CIVIC /SOCIAL/ KCMC
In February we attended a cornerstone-laying and luncheon with Mwalimu Julius Nyerere. His vigor of mind and body on that occasion made his death eight months later a great surprise.
Betty serves on the Church Council, coaches nurses in English and has a girls “French Club” at our house.
Our very attractive plot lends itself to periodic outdoor hosting of social gatherings for KCMC and church.
Roy’s input to KCMC is mostly in teaching. All of the AMOs (Assistant Medical Officers) passed their national exams. For the first and second year medical students the “English-tic adjustment” to English as a second or third language is a major challenge. It is also a burden when it comes to their assessment. KCMC’s 54th semi-annual Post-Grad. Conference organized and chaired by Roy was well attended and received. This is the longest-running and best organized such assembly in East Africa. A major presenter was a Maasai friend who has earned recognition in medical research and development, especially in the genomic revolution.
Our time at Moshi/KCMC has been satisfying. Seldom have we enjoyed such a high level of comrade- ship with people so gifted and giving. KCMC is a place of enormous possibilities. It could become a “Mayo-on-the-Mountain”. But there are many challenges. Unlike in the west, there is no big money here in health. So it is not easy to recruit people who can lead with skill, vision, humility and integrity.
In May we will return to Albuquerque to our home which has been home to a medical student family in our absence. While Lori has been completing her last two years of medical school David has been applying his many talents to rejuvenating the house, especially two baths and the kitchen. In June we will attend our first grandchild Jessica’s wedding to Tim Ballard in Illinois.
Thereafter? ?? A long menu of retirement activities are already enticing us back to 2917 Cutler NE, Albuquerque, NM, 87106.
Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre