Archive for the ‘Family’ Category

April 14th, 2014 - 21:38 § in Family


“Hassan, Abdou Rachman, Fatou, Aminata, …” now Simon begins to talk some more, he names all his classmates (and those are not the easiest names). He often plays with Abdou and Fatou, and Aminata gives him a hug every morning. The little Senegalese girl with beautiful colored beads in her h[...]

March 13th, 2014 - 21:25 § in Family, Recipes

Cookies without an oven

A delicious and easy recipe from my family on Flakkee appears to be well suited to Africa, where most people have no oven.[...]

December 9th, 2013 - 20:42 § in Family

Sinterklaas in Senegal

Who would think that Sinterklaas (St. Nicolas) – since he sails north from Spain – would pay a visit to Senegal (about the same distance but to the south) as well? When we suddenly received four chocolate letters in an anonymous envelope, we started get our hopes up… Will the good [...]

October 24th, 2013 - 16:57 § in Church, Family, Medical

Water is precious!

As a little boy I once went on an excursion to the water tower in Utrecht. As a reminder I received a sticker that read: “Water is precious , so go easy on the tap!” Oh, how often have I thought of that sticker in the past weeks. Water is precious![...]

September 25th, 2013 - 14:54 § in Family

Summer holidays are over again

Summer holidays! That means: Swimming at a friend’s home Playing with the neighbor boys Eating ice-cream and playing with my grandparents Stomping in puddles when it rains, Vacation Bible School at the American school Petting (and eating) sheep in rural areas Sending mail to family And endless[...]

August 27th, 2013 - 18:00 § in Africa, Family

Family life in the village

Frankly, I (Jan) was a bit reluctant. I feel relaxed and at home in the city, but the countryside is full of dangers. I prefer to meet a gunman at night than a snake… But still, our good contact with Dr. Soh and the opportunity to participate in a medical campaign made us decide to […][...]

July 6th, 2013 - 22:31 § in Family, Medical

Doctor at school

“Who wants to be a doctor?” “me me me!” 17 children are screaming at a time. Maria and her classmates swarm around me as I give a short lesson to the 4-year-olds about what a doctor actually does. A white coat and stethoscope in your ears, they’d all love to do that. What d[...]

December 8th, 2012 - 14:04 § in Family

To school

A taxi pulls over right where I try to cross the busy road with Simon on my arm. A head is put out the window asking me if I want a ride… It is the mother of a child from Simon’s class. This mega city does feel like a small village at times… In a […][...]

October 5th, 2012 - 07:49 § in Africa, Family


“Tomorrow I want to blow bubbles in the taxi. Then all the bubbles will glide through the window so the people outside can enjoy them.” For Maria, the many taxi rides aren’t a punishment: there is plenty to see and do. She can hear the black and yellow cars coming from afar. Sometimes because [...]

September 3rd, 2012 - 18:16 § in Family, News

A new beginning

We’ve heard it many times before: “in order to work properly, you need a safe haven for yourself and your children.” We are now experiencing firsthand what a peace this gives. It is good for the children, and we have enough energy to do our jobs. We had the opportunity to take over this rental[...]

Familie Kieviet in Senegal