God, AIDS, Africa & HOPE

Reflections / Gedanken

02.09.2010 Thursday…

It is always difficult to adjust after travelling. Too much is sometimes waiting to be answered or acted on…
So the first day after coming back I usually sit in the office to get an overview what has to be done and to start sending out the necessary emails and replies.
Today I met after an early hour office session with the senior staff of HOPE Cape Town.  The variety of discussion points employees bring in is always amazing for me – and I like this frank and open discussion. Too often those sitting in the driver seat are in the danger to miss out on the realities at the bottom of the ladder. Therefore we encourage within HOPE Cape Town an honest and direct approach to avoid unnecessary struggle.
Since month we are working on our new website and it looks like we can get it “live” on the 1.10.2010. Hard work has been done by the people concerned and it takes real dedication to get a way through the different companies involved and their willingness or not so willingness to cooperate to get it technically done without flaws. Not sure how many gray hairs were produced in these months…

After a two-hour meeting then quick back to town to attend the meeting of the Rotary Club of Signal Hill. Catching up after being away for a while – it feels good to meet with people one is somehow connected for now almost 14 years. I am asked if I am prepared to give talks about HOPE Cape Town for other clubs – and yes, I am prepared to spread the word and to discuss the situation of HIV and AIDS in South Africa with my fellow Rotarians. Looking forward to it.

Back to the office then – Releasing transfers, again answering emails, preparing statements and proposals – it seems that the to-do list never ends but what for a feeling if one can scratch out one of the items: done! And after this blog entry: done for the day!
Wonderful 🙂

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HIV, Development and HOPE – thoughts of a Catholic priest

Being a Roman - Catholic priest and working in the fields of HIV and social development in Africa has its challenges. You will find stories and reflections about my work, about the church, South Africa and Africa, about politics and whatever triggers my interest. You are most welcome to leave a comment or to get in touch with me. Blogging means to initiate thoughts and discussions and for the writer to formulate what is loosely running around in the heart and mind in need of being sorted and spoken out.

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