How much stuff do you need for a year in Africa?

In just over a month, we’ll be flying to Entebbe airport outside Kampala, Uganda on our way to Kisiizi hospital.

When I enumerate all the technical things I’d like to take to Kisiizi, I’m surprised at how long the list is. Here’s a flavour of it:

  • Video camera, with tripod and cables, tapes, microphone etc.
  • Wireless routers to help the hospital expand the range of their wireless network
  • 2 hard disks for us – DV video hoovers up hard disk space so we’ll need a lot.
  • A hard disk for the hospital’s backup system
  • Laptops (our Apple MacBooks, of course)
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Various small hand tools, including an RJ45 crimp tool
  • Lots of books, including some ominously heavy hard-back ones
  • Shortwave radio

Of course, we don’t need to take all this stuff. We would be absolutely fine simply arriving at the hospital with the clothes on our backs: it’s only by God’s grace that we are privileged to have so many possessions.

It will help us be more effective with our work at the hospital, though, and that’s the point.

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