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Trip Start Feb 05, 2011
Trip End Feb 05, 2012

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

The goat population is thinned out after Easter. I see the remaining ones looking around, get bored, and create little hopping descendants. I am pleased again with their early morning greetings and they are happy with the rainy season that has started early June for about three months. The environment gets greener and cattle enjoy the fresh grass and weed. Mostly at early mornings, late afternoons and at nights it is windy and it rains for a few hours, then for days it doesn't rain at all and temperature is nice.

Life ripples peacefully. In the evenings and weekends I watch films, go to town, do my shopping, or I visit my colleague Guesh occasionally and his family or we have lunch in town. Sometimes I meet other VSO volunteers in town for brunch or dinner, or for a nice hike. Too bad, the majority of Hawassa volunteers shall go home at the end of July or first week August. For some it’s the end of their placement, others leave early. But to my knowledge a new VSO volunteer will arrive in September to work as pediatrician in the referral hospital. Also some young UK students will come for short term voluntary exchange visits.

Then (surprisingly to everyone I think) without prior notice I book my flight and go to the Netherlands for ten days to have a relaxing week with Marnix, his boys and a few other dear persons. It’s weird to walk and cycle in Leusden and Amersfoort just coming from Ethiopia, but I am accustomed easily and we take our time for all things and fortunately the weather conditions are good.

An additional advantage of visiting the Netherlands is that I can take good things back: food. Back in Hawassa I enjoy chorizo and ​​salami sausages (!), the Wijko sate sauce, and of course chocolate sprinkles (although they were scattered in my back pack after returning home).

Well, what else? I bought five big fish from Lake Hawassa with everything that goes with it, and a bucket of margarine from Remia Den Dolder (gives a bit at home feeling). The Ethiopian inflation has grown significantly, life becomes expensive (though, a good pizza in a restaurant is still almost 2 euro). Mosquitoes fly at 1750m altitude apparently not, so I stop taking malaria prophylaxes.

At work I'll finish my activity plan for the rest of the year, after I presented my findings on my two months induction to senior management. I am contented decision has been made upon my recommendations by which the biggest advantages on capacity building can be made:

-          Upgrading management skills among all leader levels, and aim at a uniform leadership style unique for the organization. It will be put as a continuous learning Management Development training program.

-          Professionalize the occupational health and safety by an extra VSO volunteer on this profession on a two years contract, to upgrade this field, and give guidance and share skills with the present officer.

-          Facilitation of a human resource personnel data system by Hawassa University, for not only our college and referral hospital, but also for the universities of Agriculture and Forestry. In case the option for a new application is open for our college and hospital only, certainly the project would be smaller-scaled.

-          Build capacity on the HR department.

Scheduled is my presentation in July to the President and senior management of the umbrella university organization about the MD training program, for the reason that they might adopt the training concept, and a presentation about a new personnel data system.

So far, I can be satisfied!

Within two weeks there will be graduation from students. After that summer break starts, the college will be closed, and the majority of students visit their relatives in their home districts.

For now I wish everyone a great summer season, enjoy every day and for those who go on holiday, have a great time! We will meet again in my new blog in two months.

Big hugs,

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rineke en herman on

weet je dat ik een fan van je ben??? (al sinds begin 2011 !!!)
lieve yvonne, je hebt het weer voor elkaar..... een interessant/leuk
Ethiopie-verhaal uit je "pen" gerold, knap hoor!!!!
wens voor jou: in de liefde en je werk: SPIRIT.
en...." toeval bestaat niet, alles gebeurt met een bepaald doel " !
XX rineke, groetje herman.

Alwin on

Leuk om te lezen Yvonne. Mooi dat je de long distance relatie met alles wat je lief is in NL warm houd!!

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