17Oct’11- Updates from Jiji – via Frank

Hi All,

I’m Frank – I was part of Jiji’s team last year and this year – I’m going to try to relay sms text messages from where she is and experiencing.  Hopefully my translation of the sms messages will make sense.  Her last entry indicated she was off to Qinghai, and there she would teach English in a local school and then she would be going to checkout the first of the mobile clinics with a friend, Maggie.

Well here is the first entry from her:

6/10/2011 11:00pm

Arrived at Yushu in the afternoon with my friend Maggie.  We have have finished spending 2 weeks at a disabled Orphanage and teaching English in a Nomad School.  Really looking forward to getting some much  needed sleep as we are quite tired.

There is a lot of dust from the continual rebuilding as a result of the earthquake last year, which happened on the 14th April 2010.

Construction is literally everywhere as they rebuild the whole town.  Unfortunately, for us the side effect is we are developing a bad cough from the continual rain of dust.  We cannot escape from its reach, even when we try to sleep in an air-conditioned room it still feels thick with dust in the air.

We hope we will fair better tomorrow, we go to the grasslands with Doctors who usually work on the clinic.

Jiji.

1Oct’11- Off to Qinghai soon…

Aloha all,

I’m heading to Qinghai in a day’s time with a great and motivated team, to spend some time with kids in the 1st and largest orphanage in Qinghai, and teach English in a local school. The kids at the school are all children of nomad families, in similar circumstances to the ones whom would be helped by our Mobile Clinic. This is the same volunteer work Frank (from the climbing team) and I were doing last year before the big climb.

After this, I’ll be going to check out the Mobile Clinic  that all of you helped to raise funds for (with another team member Maggie). I want to see the success and administration of the first one first, before I do anything about a second Clinic. The balance of the funds are in the Rotary Trust account.

Be assured, I will be keeping in contact about how your hard-earned money is being spent.
Will write soon…
Jiji