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Woody M. Collins
Indianapolis, Indiana, US
Seize life! Eat bread with gusto, Drink wine with a robust heart. Oh yes -- God takes pleasure in your pleasure! Ec. 9:7 (MSG)
Interests: congo, humanitarian, Christian, information communication technology
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Story highlightsFour young children in two provinces have been identified with paralysis caused by polio infectionThe World Health Organization is boosting monitoring, testing and immunization efforts http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/15/health/drc-polio-outbreak-congo.html Story highlightsFour young children in two provinces have been identified with paralysis caused by polio infectionThe World Health Organization is boosting monitoring, testing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
World Water Day was March 22nd. Here's two sets of interesting of facts for those that like numbers and those that like percentages. Top 10 countries with the greatest numbers of rural people without clean water are India (63.4 million population), China (43.7 million population), Nigeria (40.9 million population), Ethiopia... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
THE Democratic Republic of Congo has emerged the country worst affected by a deadly cholera epidemic that claimed at least 850 lives in Central and West Africa. About 31 000 cases were reported, with a fatality rate of 3%. The majority of cases, 92%, are from the Congo River basin... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
Traditionally, the Kasai was a quiet area in terms of politics and voilence. However, that has changed. http://www.rfi.fr/afrique/20170108-rdc-violences-kasai-fait-moins-150-morts-depuis-aout-milice-kamwina-nsapu Violence continues in the three provinces of Kasai, Kasai, Kasai-Central and Kasai-Oriental. Since August 2016, there have been recurring clashes between the security forces and the Kamwina Nsapu militia. After the events of Wednesday in Tshimbulu, in the territory of Dibaya, which left four dead, this militia appeared in the territory of Luiza.On Thursday, a group of twelve militiamen from Kamwina Nsapu arrived in the village of Kamukenji. They had spent the night there with the blessing of the local chief.Conducted by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2017 at News About Congo
What can be done in Congo? http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africaMore than 20 people have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo's capital, Kinshasa, over President Joseph Kabila's failure to give up power, a UN official has said. Some of the dead were shot at close range by troops, witnesses said.Mr Kabila's 15-year rule was due to have ended on Monday at midnight, but has been extended to 2018. Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstrations and Unrest December 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of clashes between security forces and protestors in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi and other cities, which have included gunfire and tear gas. Remain indoors in a safe location until further notice. Security forces have established checkpoints and military deployments and have initiated aggressive ID checks and car searches in certain areas of Kinshasa. Carry identification with you in case you encounter a checkpoint. The U.S. Embassy is expected to remain open on Wednesday, December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2016 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Demonstrations and Unrest December 19, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of the potential for demonstrations and civil unrest on/around December 19, the date on which President Joseph Kabila’s term in office was due to end before the government delayed elections. Security forces have reportedly established checkpoints and military deployments in certain areas of Kinshasa. You should carry some form of identification with you in case you encounter a checkpoint. U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2016 at News About Congo
I think Joseph Kabila will be staying in Congo. His close supporters and advisors will not let him leave. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/17/world/africa/congo-joseph-kabila-corruption.html KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — In a mansion along the Congo River, with a collection of expensive watches, expensive motorcycles and a chimpanzee in a cage, Joseph Kabila, the president of this vast and troubled country, should be packing up. Instead, he is digging in. His second term is up in a few days, the Constitution forbids him to run for a third, millions of people are threatening to mobilize against him, and still Mr. Kabila shows no signs... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2016 at News About Congo
Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Potential for Demonstrations and Unrest December 16, 2016 The U.S. Embassy in Kinshasa informs U.S. citizens of the potential for large-scale demonstrations and civil unrest on/around December 19, the date on which President Joseph Kabila’s term in office was due to end before the government delayed elections. Security forces have reportedly established checkpoints in certain areas of Kinshasa. The checkpoints are marked by tires, string, and/or cones and some may be manned by non-French speakers. You should carry some form of identification with you in case you encounter... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at News About Congo
U.S. Embassy Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Take Precautions December 17-19 December 15, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens in the DRC that U.S. government employees have been instructed to limit their movements to and within Gombe starting on Saturday, December 17. Employees have also been asked to remain in their residences from Saturday at 23:00 until Sunday, December 18 at 05:00. On Sunday, December 18, a Shelter-in-Place order will go into effect at 19:00. The U.S. Embassy will be open on Monday, December 19. U.S. citizens should: · Remain indoors in a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2016 at News About Congo
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How beautiful is this? It's breath-taking! Just awesome. Thank You God. In two days, I need to remember the beauty when the temperature is in the single digits. Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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In Kinshasa, it was pouring rain. Now, I'm at Dulles International in Washington. And it's pouring rain. Is the rain following me? Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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The renovated Ndjili International terminal looks good. But you have to ride a bus to a plane sitting on an open tarmac. No gates. No covered walkways. Guess what? Yes, a heavy downpour is in progress. We are already an hour late in boarding. This is my first time, ever, loading a plane in the pouring rain. And it's will be followed by an eight hour flight to Brussels. It's a warm rain! Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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The Rural Water Supply Network (RWSN) is network of 9,000 persons involved in water for rural populations around the world. The network forum is 4-days of training sessions and a networking conference every 5 years. And its focus is the south, such Africa and Central and South America plus Asia.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
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I didn't make it to beach in Abidjan. So I had to take advantage of the pool. A Perfect Ending! I was reminded I couldn't come to the water conference without experiencing the local water. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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A group of us from the 7th RWSN Forum went the village of Soumie for a field trip. We visit the site of well being drilled manually. It was a first class operation and training site. Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2016 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
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Sampson of WaterAid and I had a discussion about water quality testing of capped springs. He has similar challenges in Ghana. Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
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Nothing starts a conference like some traditional dancers. Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2016 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"
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The parable of the 10 bridesmaids (Matthew 25:1-13 ) would be put to the test here in Africa. Here's why. Last night I went to a wedding reception. I left the hotel at 10pm instead of as planned at 8pm. We arrived close to 11pm just in time for all the festivities. Next, I overslept due to the unplanned after wedding activities. I rushed to the airport two hours late but still within an hour before departure. Then I noticed the long line, my flight is delayed by four hours. So, I'm sitting in business lounge sipping coffee and eating... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
I won't be arriving in time for dinner. My ticket noted our departure from Kananga at 1620 hours and arriving in Kinshasa at 1810 hours (local time). I guess, we will arrive an hour later at the earliest. I hope the microwave works tonight. Oh, I forgot I'm in Congo. No turkey dinner planned but the plane is not packed full. Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
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The children are really enjoying drinking clean water from the first LifeStraw Community Filters installed at the Mpandilu Center (Primary School and Commercial School). The Mpandilu Center has a newly constructed 12,000 liter cistern on the school premises. And it is full since it is rainy season. So water is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2016 at Bitter Water Made Sweet
I am mourning the process of this election cycle. Too many Americans have let the state of the conversation and the campaigns around them chip at the foundations of what makes America, America. Ushahidi is software program developed in Kenya by Kenyans and Americans to monitor Kenyan elections. It is used in 40 different countries. And it was used in 2012 US elections. I beg you to think about countries that are not holding elections. http://www.ictworks.org/2016/11/08/to-celebrate-or-morn-ushahidi-for-usa-elections/ Elections themselves are run incredibly well in America – it’s the state of the conversation and the campaigns around them that are chipping at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
It's raining. It started about 8am this morning. And I got wet coming back from my walk. It's not the way to start the day. In Congo, rainy days are like blizzard days in the north or during hurricanes along the Atlantic or Gulf coasts. How long is it going to last? An hour or all day or longer. What am going to do inside while it's raining outside? Probably I'll read, a Kindle book or a new paperback given to me. I won't work on the laptop because the electricity may not come on today, tonight, or even tomorrow.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
What a beautiful idea, Election Day Communion! I expect to be in Congo on November 8. Congolese have their own and more serious issue. That is, there election has not been scheduled and will not happen soon. And the current president wants to stay in office while he organizes them. Ten years is not enough time to plan them. Pray for the US and Congo. https://electiondaycommunion2016.com/ Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2016 at What's Woody Doing Now
7th Rural Water Supply Network Forum Poster, Download RWSN Forum7 Poster Landscape - 2016 REFERENCES: WHO Joint Monitoring Programme (JMP), http://www.wssinfo.org/ Congo Helping Hands, http://www.facebook.com/CongoHelpingHands IMA World Health, http://imaworldhealth.org/dfid/ Compartment Bag Test (CBT), http://www.aquagenx.com/ Portable Microbiological Laboratory (PML), http://waterinternational.org/?page_id=176 DOCUMENTS: A Summary Catalogue of Microbial Drinking Water Tests for Low... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Safe Water for the "Other Half"