["I'm not saying Peter sold out....."]
Friday December 3rd
6:05 pm Beach bar Freetown
I have been having a nice time in Freetown helping out in the logistics office. A new Log and Nurse from the Emergency team were sent to Rouks to close the programme. Claudia (the Interim Country Director) said it would be safer for me (sometimes these close downs can get nasty security wise) to stay in Freetown. They are talking about a new programme opening up. There might be some more money available coming from another donor, wanting to get into West Africa.
Peter was offered work in the main office for a while with me until the new project started. Peter said that he would work for one more month, but only when Claudia the new Interim Country Manager talked it into him. He got offered work with the International Food programme. Those International Food Programme guys get paid a lot more, but its a bit more comfortable and safer as well. I think Peter will miss Hope, the adventure and being really down with the people. Other organisations just don't have the same proximity with populations in danger like Hope. Sure they talk about proximity but they don't live it day to day like hundreds of Hope volunteers in countries torn apart by war and living close to people trampled by poverty every day of there lives. I'm not saying Peter sold out, it's just that I wouldn't do the same and change jobs for anything in the world, despite the problems. That just makes it a bigger challenge.
Well I better go, Petra has just arrived and we were going to have dinner in a little while. It is so beautiful here at sunset with another storm building on the horizon, soon it will be pitch black with strokes of lightening dancing back and forth from the ocean to the mountains behind Freetown. Talk to you next time.
Dave (me) Claudia