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Happy New Year!

Written by Antje on January 31st 2022 19:42

Happy New Year from cold and damp Bangladesh. Since I have been “writing” this weblog the last few weeks, and also because it is still January, I have decided that a new year's wish is still appropriate! This time there are more pictures with less story...

For the last several weeks there is mist in the morning that gradually lifts. Because there is no heat in the houses, the inside temperature stays quite low. From my own experience, I can tell you that a house with an inside temperature of 14 degrees C, is not at all warm and comfortable!

On a more positive note: when the sun does shine it is then warm! Here is a lovely picture in the early morning with the sun rising…

 

Zonsopkomst

 

Rijstoogst

The rice fields next to my house are harvested. The women are carrying large bales of hay to their house.

 

For some time now we have a place in the hospital where people can go with questions about how to take their medicines. Awal has been working with us for over 25 years and continues to explain things patiently.

Helpdesk

 

Selfie

A patient who stops me on my way to lunch and asks: may I take a selfie with you?

 

Zonnepanelen 1

Zonnepanelen 2

The solar panels, installed under my father's supervision, are being cleaned.

 

In contrast with the Netherlands, here in Bangladesh we could celebrate Christmas and the new year. At LAMB there are several celebrations — for the staff, for the hospital, for foreigners, and then also in the church.

 

The New Years and Christmas celebrations were held outside with (a little) social distancing and wearing face masks. There was no limitation to the number of people who could attend…

Kerstdienst 1

Kerstdienst 2

Kerstdienst 3

 

Kerstsari

My Christmas sari.

 

The Christmas lunch was provided. Unfortunately I have no pictures of eating lunch…

Kerstlunch 1

Kerstlunch 2

 

Nieuwjaarssari

My New Year's sari

 

Nieuwjaarslunch 1

Nieuwjaarslunch 2

Eating lunch together on New Year's Day.

 

Christmas celebration with our maintenance staff. Visitors compliment us often how clean our hospital is. It is important for me to show appreciation to them for their work.

Kerstienst schoonmakers

 

This group of young men in our church were told on December 30 that they had passed their final grade 10 exam. Most of them also had good grades, giving them a better chance of being accepted into a good school for the next 2 years of training. To celebrate this, at the end of the church service on January 1, their parents were treated to ‘mishti’, very sweet balls dipped in sugar syrup.

Geslaagd 1

Geslaagd 2