Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Sister in the Congo

After five months I had given up hope of hearing from the young woman in the Congo whom I sponsor through Women for Women. Naomi is the same age as Emil, is married with three young children and has a niece living with her family. This week I got a letter. She tells me that my monthly contribution has helped her start a business selling salted, dried fish and is supporting adult education in the community. Her handwritten letter is accompanied by a translation. She says “God bless you and provide you more than what you have in your life.”


Emil is having a busy week. Bowling in Foam Lake on Monday night. A group trip to Regina yesterday for an overnight with shopping and a movie before coming home today. Tomorrow night a dance in Humboldt. I’ll pick him up and bring him out here on Saturday unless we move him into Aylesbury House that day, in which case he’ll probably want to stay there and get his sea legs before the work routine starts again on Monday. 

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Kate in NY, I don’t know why oil is so expensive here. Taxes? The government probably taxes the shit out of it, as it does with the gas we put into our vehicles.


Damn. I was speaking to a work contact in Regina about an hour ago, who said it is blizzarding in the city. The highway down there (the Number 1) is extremely treacherous in bad weather. I hope those in charge had the good sense to stay off the road. Recently we've had at least two tragic accidents in Saskatchewan due to poor visibility and less-than-ideal road conditions; one was caused by a 17-year-old who tried to pass another vehicle when she likely couldn't see oncoming traffic; she was killed, as were the two parents in the front seat of the vehicle she collided with. Their four children who were along made it out alive.


  1. Good for you re Women For Women! Sounds like a great cause, as so many are. And thanks for the explanation of "poutine." I can't imagine the combo of french fries, gravy, and melted cheese, but there are some strange things to eat here in Virginia, as well. Like grits! Feh!

  2. I really admire your cause; we participate in a similar one for non-bank loans fir small businesses.

    I'm liking your new look, and wondering if the book you're reading before you lay you down to sleep is available as an e-book. Off to check.

  3. That couple was from my neck of the woods...Winnipeg. I am so sad for the family, apparently the oldest who was not in the vehicle will try to keep the family together once they are all out of the hospital. Very tragic.

    I am trying to post this comment but am having a terrible time...I am not anonymous...I am Joan heh.


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