Size Matters To Most Internationals

My wife and me, a few buckets, some drip lines, standing in a dry and barren waste land, with some local women, sowing some vegetable seeds. I get consulting requests from all over the world asking me about Drip Irrigation. I am happy to take some time to point people in the right direction. Most agencies…

A Wishing School: A Village Scene I Wish Was Never Repeated

This is the image rammed into my mind. The little Malian boys herding cows, not in school, not able to lineup with the kids who are. Two Malian worlds, two possible reoccurring African realities clashing on a dusty rural school soccer field in every village.

Are There “Unsacred Places” In life? How About Mali, West Africa?

“There are no unsacred places; there are only sacred places and desecrated places.” (Wendell Berry ― Given) Sure way to kill a blog, eh, talking about religion…. There is much truth to this quote, even in Mali. The average western young person today has not explored their own spirituality much. They arrive in Mali and…

Encountering Two Asses In Mali.

I was humbled several times in Sikasso. The first ass was when I almost had an accident on the motorcycle in Sikasso.  A kid was driving a donkey cart towards me on my side of the road,(like the one in this picture) half on the road, half on the shoulder.  Not a problem until the…

Where Passion & Reason Collide Difficult Choices Occur

“Where passion and reason collide, difficult choices occur.” (Cliff Vogh) We have become a casualty of this Ebola war. Our Agency consulted with some African experienced medical doctors, and they consulted with the Provincial Health Authority of Prince Edward island,  all of whom agree we would probably be sent to Halifax for a 21 day…

Motorcycling Over The  Savannah in the Sahel Of West Africa

This is how we get around while working as humanitarians in Mali. On a 125 cc Sanya, and the green “Jakarta”, both from China. No road  in some sections where we were going today, following merely well worn foot and bike paths. Hot as can be in the afternoon sun too. It is well over…

The Longboats Of Segou on The Niger River Part#1

We had the opportunity to travel to Segou, which is the first major town three hours up the main highway along the Niger river, North East of Bamako. Segou is the 3rd largest city in Mali.  Segou is a nice town, a major tourist and expat center in Mali. It shows, with nice hotels and…