We had a wonderful start to the day when Brigitte, our sponsored nurse from Gikomero Health Centre, arrived at the Guest House. She had made a special journey before work to bring us a gift made especially for us by her family. Two days ago we heard how she works every day and does not get much time with her family as the clinic is so short of staff.

Today she brought us a gift which must have taken a considerable amount of her valuable family time. How much clearer could it be that support for these nurses is really appreciated? We were so touched by this very special gift..

Next stop Shyogwe Health Centre where we toured the maternity ward and saw some of the beds we had provided four years ago


The centre was well kept and seemed to be efficiently run despite overflowing with patients waiting to be seen. One man was lying on the waiting room floor having apparently fainted; there was no one to attend to him.

Despite being connected to the mains and having 3 water tanks the clinic often runs out of water. They need 4 more tanks to meet their needs.

Then on to St Peters School where we operate a School Partner project. Our tour was cut short rather abruptly when today’s thunderstorm hit, but we were able to see the workshop we had funded and the gardens where good quantities of vegetables were being grown for the students’ meals. Funds sent by CHI had been used to purchase the seeds.

We were given lunch and were amused to find the gravy in a washing up bowl!!!

We didn’t see the cow previously purchased which had apparently gone blind and been sold!!!! Yes day 8 and we have lost the plot 😉