Wednesday morning I called Mr. Mundeli who said he was involved in preparations for the last holy day and the Sabbath and that it would be better if he didn’t come to the hotel until tomorrow. We had some work we needed to do in any event, in preparation for an FOI project I’ve been asked to oversee in Rwanda in June.
Dr. Greg Swartz, an elder in COGWA who lives in North Carolina, with his wife Jan came to Rwanda with a small group that paid their own way because they wanted to visit our brethren in Kenya and Rwanda. Dr. Swartz fell in love with Rwanda and wanted to help the members there. Since 2006 he has sponsored projects, sometimes co-sponsored by the Church to offer free dental care to our church brethren, as well as helping the small dental community in the country. The needs are great. The first time he and I visited the hospital dental department we heard loud screams from the chairs down the hall. Patients had to pay out of pocket and by the dose for anesthetics, which few could afford, so they had their teeth treated raw….
The Rwandan members who participate in the English program will need to lodge for 5 days in Kigali. I needed to make contact with the Head of the dental department at the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Kigali (CHUK), whom I’ve known since 2006 (I almost stood in as a dental assistant myself once or twice….), and also visit the classroom and lodgings we plan to use during the programs.
We walked through a light rain to the Serena hotel, what used to be the Hotel Diplomat, that I mentioned yesterday. It has been very nicely refurbished, and is a luxury hotel now. We had a light lunch by the pool, before walking a few blocks to the CHUK, where the dental department is located. We walked in through the staff entrance and found Dr. Mukandoli’s office. She was delighted to see me again and to meet Marjolaine. The department head is a good friend and colleague of Greg Swartz, they have worked together on his projects in Rwanda. We caught up on news for a few minutes and then she walked us over a block or two to the conference center she has kindly reserved for us.
It was still raining, so of course the taxi prices had risen sharply: supply and demand at work. We finally caught a taxi with Dr. Mukandoli who had another errand to run. She dropped us at the hotel and invited us for dinner Saturday night. We at first accepted with pleasure, but later, after thinking about what Saturday would be like, I sent an e-mail to ask if we could reschedule in June when circumstances will be better for us. She wrote back to express her understanding.The rest of the day I spent getting caught up on office work. Tomorrow we will meet with Mr. Mundeli.