Monday, November 07, 2005

News from the homefront

So this isn't really Rwanda or Nyabiheke Refugee Camp news... but I am delighted to announce the birth of my 2nd niece - Charlotte Anne Kao on November 1st. She joins my adorable 3 yo niece Emily and her parents Tim & Leigh Anne in Kailua Hawaii where Tim is stationed as a US Marine currently... congrats!!!!

Emily happily taking on her new role as *big sis* feeding Charlotte

I am taking a bit of a breather here in Kigali for the next few days, catching up on paperwork, working on budgets, lunching with potential NGO partners/funders, trying to streamline the drug purchasing process... (*and* enjoying hot showers, electricity & running water and tracking down ice-cream at every available opportunity).

Charlotte Anne Kao - smiling away already!

I have settled my plans for Jan-April - I will be in London Jan5-April8 at the London School of Tropical Medicine & hygiene (getting a diploma in Tropical Medicine) after visiting Tim, Leigh Anne, Emily & Charlotte in Hawaii for 10 days. ( I'll be in Boston for about 36 hours from the evening of Dec 22nd to noon Dec 24th). If anyone has tips on housing or just coincidentally has an empty furnished flat near the London city center that needs a resident Jan-April please let me know! The London housing search isn't the easiest from Rwanda...

I hope everyone is well... Ann


At 11:05 PM, Anonymous mom said...

We are counting the days for you to come back to USA to meet our new addition of the Kao family. Wish you luck and hope you can find a place near to the school in London. May God answer all our prayers.

At 3:54 AM, Blogger hideobobo said...

hi! brian oh here, hailing all the way from good ol' gotham...i ran into janet at redeemer pc yesterday (with timothy, omg, speaking of new additions...), and she helped me track you down.

(fyi, if you don't recall who this is, it was you who introduced me to van morrison and brown eyed girl, one late night in the basement of wlh whilst studying for some group iv class...pathways of cancer, i think it was...oh and then there was the brief new year's visit to nyc, where we walked past some bar blasting the same song, and where you said you loved trees outlined in this jogging your memory any...)

anyway, apparently i have a lot to catch up on in your blog, so i'll get to it (more comments to come). meanwhile, God bless!

At 5:19 PM, Anonymous maggie said...

congratulations auntie!!!
charlotte is adorable, i bet you can't wait to get your hands on her!
i thought you'd be around "b"town for longer on your return trip,but there's always more to learn and i guess a diploma in tropical medicine would go pretty far for you! and london seems a good place to be jan. thru april (no shoveling of the white stuff) you've got to acclimate slowly to cold after being in 100 degree weather for so long.(hawaii will be a great respite too!!)
things on this side of the world are pretty much status quo!work,eat,sleep and for the most part not apprectiate the life sytle we have afforded us everyday, which after keeping track of your writings, i do try and be greatful of what i have .
hopefully when you leave your post there, you'll leave a well documented plan of care, to continue all your excellant good work.
well christmas shopping season is upon us (uggg)!!! so lets go out and spend some money on foolishness!!! jaded? yes!
take care, miss you! maggie

At 2:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi! i know pple who may be able to help w/accommodation in london - details in your Partners email - if you have no access to your email, let me know the best way to get in touch with you.

keep up the great work!


At 4:29 PM, Anonymous Kendra said...

Hi Ann! I miss you so much on Fridays! Looks like you have your hands full....Congrats for being an auntie again! Can't wait until you return!
Love, Kendra

At 4:14 AM, Anonymous Nii said...

Congratulations Auntie Ann! Two nieces and double the fun! And you have a namesake. Keep up the good work! God bless.


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