De-bugging the mission house

In the US we have termites that eat wood, we found a different kind at the mission house. They eat the mortar out from between the bricks. Guess they are tougher than their cousins in the states. We sent over treatment to stop the mortar monsters and Bosco is hard at work.

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Washing station ready for production

The biggest step in the production of plantation coffee and the big step forward to the plantation being sustainable is the completion of the new coffee washing station. This has been one of the major under takings of Hope for a Thousand Hills and will play a major role over the years ahead to provide […]

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Heading home

We leave Cyimbili with mixed feelings of joy and encouragement. The people we will surely miss! When we arrived in 2008 there was an atmosphere of caution and mistrust. Not so now. They are gracious and very welcoming. All are asking us to stay for the next year!  :) We had a beautiful sunset over […]

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Time to go, and reflect

As the group packs up to go gifts are give. John the young man that runs the wood shop is also the local artist and presented Marita with a going away gift of his art. With every trip we learn more about the people of the plantation and we see a bit more of who they are. […]

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Thoughts at the end of the week

It is really hot here!  Its 10:00 and we are in our beds… sleeping on top of the sheet…under our mosquito nets with a flash light, a book and a bottle of water. What more could we want!  :) We got a delivery of food yesterday so we are living large…much larger than the people […]

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Banana man

We have a generous friend in the headmaster. He heard we wanted bananas so he sent 125 lbs of bananas!  It took three men to put them on Rich’s head and then he held them. The women here carry them on their heads up and down the hills!!!

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New restroom update

Good News: Yesterday the men worked tirelessly to put together and install 15 toilets and 5 urinals in the new bathroom. Bad News: There was a serious lack of water pressure and the fill time for toilets was 5 minutes!  We were set to leave tomorrow and knew we could not leave with fresh repairs and […]

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Photo update from Marita…

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Plumbing Projects

Fred & Rich working on plumbing and bathrooms…

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The Team Arrives…

March 7th – The team has arrived safely at Cyimbili. Marita Dowell offers an update… “We arrived to a very warm welcome with flowers, singing and dancing by the women, the pastors, and Ephrem. Spirits are very high. The women were thrilled with the sewing machines! Place looks amazing! So clean with flowers and all. […]

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