Saturday, February 11, 2006

Day 73

There are so many funny things to talk about this week. First of all, as I think I mentioned I got kicked out of the clinic I was supposed to be working at on Monday. Then in the middle of the week our Administrator, Nuria (who also is the finance coordinator), called and told me that while applying for my nursing registration with the nursing council she was told that I need to have extra paperwork so I need to call the US nursing boards in an effort to get that, AND I need to take an English proficiency test. I am the only native English speaker in the entire project, was born in the US, and do not even speak another language, but I need to take a proficiency test. Oh, how I love bureaucracy! Then yesterday our logistician, Brice officially got married to his wife Doris at the courthouse in Bulawayo. Two witnesses are required for the marriage, and they were our ¨big¨ boss Alex, and me. They had actually been married over two years ago in a church ceremony in France, but needed to make it legal so it would be easier for Doris to get her visa. We were told to arrive at the courthouse at 8am. So, just imagine that there were 8 couples waiting to get married (not all of whom really looked happy) standing in the middle of the street waiting, and waiting, and waiting FOR 3 hours! They finally let us in to the area to get the marriage vows over with around 11. The judge explained the different types of marriages. Apparently a 507 allows for multiple wives as long as you can financially provide for them. Now, as mentioned above Doris and Brice are not native English speakers and the judge spoke softly and had a thick accent, so with the exchange of vows she told them to repeat after her….which proved more difficult then it should have been. The judge looked at Doris told her to place the ring on Brice´s hand and say, ´I do thee wed.` Doris, took the ring and said, ‘I do the right.` Brice then did the same gesture saying, ‘I doo dis right.` I am sticking to the fact that it is still illegal since they did not say the right words.


Blogger diego the boxer said...

hi nancy !!!
its been wks since i last entered something for you to read... cant believe you're 'in day 70's now.'
seems like youre having a fun time expanding your career experiences over there - from nurse to electrician, and what's next???
youre doing great work, and im really so proud of you! i read your previous entries from january to now to catch up on your daily experience, and it is so nice of you to be taking care of teddy! though i felt sad when reading about twanda...
we're still looking for an apt to buy - no luck yet =( and i must tell you that its so stressful, but really a good experience even if we end up not finding the right apt, and have to rent for another year...
kara's boy sebastian, and her husband, finally came yesterday fr the philippines, so kara's been so happy to see them both! my parents of course were soooo sad to be left back home by their only grandchild...kenneth & i are kind of too slow in giving my parents more grandchildren... your parents are blessed to have another beautiful dunphy, and nicolette is lucky to have an aunt nancy!!!
there's gonna be a snowstorm here starting tonight... i wish we're in st john! or somewhere warm and beachy =)
ok, i'll try to write more in the coming days... i miss you and take good care of yourself over there ok!
love yah!

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Blogger Mrs__G said...

Hi Nancy, This is Kevin's Mom. He sent me information about your blog which I was so happy to receive. It is so good to hear about your experience doing such important work in such a remote area of the world. God will surely bless you richly for enduring these hardships. You have always had a special place in my heart; I just wanted to check in here and tell you how much I admire your courage and commitment to do such wonderful work. Your words about the people you are helping have just softened my heart toward those people who are suffering with Aids as well as poverty and other hardships. Aids: What a horrible disease; that you are doing something to make a difference in their quality of life is just beautiful! That little boy (Twanda?)who cried and wanted to die who was suffering just touched my heart. Our family will be praying for safety and good health for you and for your efforts and for those of members of your team. We send our love and are happy to be able to check in and hear your story and also see the photos that you include which tell more of your beautiful and interesting story. Perhaps these writings will be the parts to your book you will be publishing about your experience which will touch the hearts of the world for the cause of those suffering. We will be praying for you and for your team of workers for your cause while you are staying in Zimbabwe. Keep that beautiful courage strong and also your sense of humor that will see you through many trials. I am sure you are greatly missed by your family and friends and often time will seem to pass slowly, but after you are home you will have grown in so many ways through this experience and it can only force you to be an even better person than you already are. We are so very proud of you for what you are doing and will continue to watch and pray. Love, Kevin's Mom (Mrs. G.)

11:58 PM  

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