It's a week since I last posted an update on the crowdfunding campaign to raise money to enable Patrick Andrianantenaina to start producing eco-charcoal and improved stoves as a small-scale commercial business with the exciting potential to grow and spread across Madagascar, providing employment and a cheaper, eco-friendly way of cooking. This, in turn, will … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR: SECOND UPDATE – more news
I wrote my last Blog ten days ago, as Madagascar was preparing for Cyclone Batsirai which hit the east coast on Saturday night and swept inland on Sunday 6th February. The coastal areas suffered the worst effects and at least 92 people are known to have been killed, 60,000 are homeless and many schools … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR: UPDATE
As I write this, central Madagascar is being devastated yet again, this time by Cyclone Batsirai with winds of up to 120mph and rainfall of 8"-16". It was just two weeks ago that Storm Ana killed 48 people and left 71,000 people homeless in Madagascar. My friend, Patrick Andrianantenaina, lives with his family in Antsirabe … Continue reading SOS MADAGASCAR
I guess most people who read this will be preparing to CELEBRATE Christmas – yet again; and we have received cards and messages which talk about the HOPE and PEACE of Christmas. This has led us to think more deeply about why we celebrate it and what, if anything, there really is to celebrate, more … Continue reading CHRISTMAS REFLECTIONS 2021
I'm poking my head above the parapet, although not yet emerging fully, after hiding in an internet-free (and social media-free) zone for the past four months for health reasons. Perhaps I should have cut myself off from all news as well . . . . . I need to express the despair and utter hopelessness … Continue reading WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE, AFTER COP26?
It's not been an easy year for me and it feels like I have gone over the edge. But that's not unique - it's been tough for everyone around the world, hasn't it? In fact, that's a large part of the problem - there is just too much suffering as well as enormous global problems … Continue reading OVER THE EDGE
At last, the Church of Uganda (through Archbishop Kaziimba) speaks out about two murders - and the attempted murder of Gen Katumba - and asks for an investigation, saying that all life is important (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVxeU-VHPwc). But WHY hasn't he spoken out before about ALL the murders, tortures, abductions and human rights abuses affecting … Continue reading COU SPEAKS OUT ABOUT MURDER VICTIM- BUT WHO?
I've been off-line for about two weeks but am excited to tell you all that we are off to our granddaughter Becky's wedding to Rob Spencer this afternoon, Friday 11th June! We're so excited. Their wedding was postponed last November because of lockdown. We are still under some restrictions so it will be a "scientific" … Continue reading GRANDDAUGHTER BECKY IS GETTING MARRIED THIS AFTERNOON
FINAL PUSH FOR THE UGANDA PETITION ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES. These pictures are a reminder of why the Petition is so important - and urgent. Please look back at earlier stories for more information. Please TRY SIGNING AGAIN, even if you have already signed, as about 80% of signatures are missing (YES - 80%!!). … Continue reading FINAL PUSH FOR THE UGANDA PETITION
"After an unsuccessful bid to become Uganda’s next president, Bobi Wine and his supporters continue to be persecuted by a government they accuse of abductions and torture." This VICE News Video Report about what is happening in Uganda is worth watching and sharing. Please also read this page on the Petition to the UN Human … Continue reading VICE News Video Report from UGANDA