I took Ruth to the airport in Niamey this past Tuesday night. Hopefully, she made it back to her home in Minnesota by now! Niamey is like all big cities in that everyone seems to be in a hurry. Also, it is usually 5 – 10 degrees hotter and more humid than Maradi, since it sits in a relative valley by the Niger River. So, like everyone else, I find myself very busy and hot in Niamey. On this 3 day visit Ruth and I saw the site where the EERN wants to build its next primary school, met with its committee, spent time with friends, met with the PeaceCorps director, and toured the new CURE International hospital. Wow! What a great hospital! We are really lucky to have CURE in Niger. They primarily work with disabled children but do take private patients in order to raise revenue. For example, a missionary friend fell and broke her foot 4 weeks ago. She went to CURE to have the cast put on and taken off. (I included a picture of the children’s ward in the blog entry.)
A few faithful followers of this blog have asked some questions, which I’ll try to answer. One person asked about what immunizations the Nigerien children receive. Actually, I don’t have an answer to that question yet, but I’m looking into it. Regarding mosquito nets at the Tsibiri Primary boarding school… Some boarding students do have mosquito nets on their beds, however more are definitely needed. When I asked the director that question, he told me that the greater need was more beds. As it is now, 2-3 students share a single bed. You can see in the picture an example of a bunk bed with mosquito netting. Actually, I chose that picture in part because I thought the way the children had created a “fort” on the top bunk was really cute. I’m assuming they were trying to find some privacy, which makes sense since there are over 75 children in that dorm room.