June 19, 2008 Dayton, Ohio
now I’m trying to tie down loose ends here in Springfield and
Kettering before leaving on this second mediation training project in
Central Africa. Seems
like everybody needs a mediator here in Springfield in the next two
ticket says I’ll leave Dayton on July 7, 2008.
April I was able to meet Judy Friesen and Kim Bush who had preceded me
and done the first mediation trainings in Rwanda, Kenya, the Congo and
Burundi in November-December of 2006.
I followed six months behind them. We all met in
Seattle where they live, and Judy and I did a presentation on the
project at the American Bar Association
I also got to do a presentation at
the International Mediation Education Conference in Cleveland in the
daughter Dominique and her two little ones Gabrielle and
Anne-Frederique will be here the last week in June, and we want to
spend some intense time together.
Marie is doing French and English
lessons via email for them, and
Jacques’ girls Isabelle and Kyielle, so that someday they
might all be able to communicate in both languages.
Right now the Montrealers are
heavily French and the Kettering kids are 99% English speaking.
rains this year have made for a lush garden, the high grass and bamboo
are providing the privacy Marie demanded of nature.
Our region has been spared the
flooding of the Midwest, but it reminds me of the trip West that
Jacques and I made in 1993 during the last major flooding in that area. Marie however did get into
some quickly rising water near our house that inundated her car and
necessitated a major cleanup.
keep amazing me with their generosity and support for this trip just as
they did last year. . Several are also donating children’s
clothing as a couple of contacts of mine in Kigali have asked if I
could support some of their work.
There’s also a little
street child I hope to find in Gisenyi on the Congo border. She is blind and mentally
challenged and guided around by two older boys who are probably
exploiting her in ways we can only imagine.
I’ll talk more about
this if I can find her.
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