I do fall in love now and then, but up to now, I also always moved on. Something like this is what the bigger letters in the text says. The headline says ‘worldtraveller for a good cause’. The friendly reported who interviewed me, who did this 5 years ago too, was amazed that I am forty years old! So she asked me: ‘Don’t you ever want to settle down?’ No, not yet. But I tried this once -for a full six months- with a person who did not too well. I think this was all done and arranged to let me boiling, absorbing and become to the stage where I am right now.
Something similar are Marijke and her husband Jacques doing to me, the presidents of the organisation I want to peddle for. Moulding me, deeper and broader into their organisation Focus on Education. I am willing to go to Congo. To their school built for orphanes and ex-child soldiers, children like the ones from Blood Diamond. It’s a medical school where classes are being given for professions such as nurse and a vaccinationcentre will be built in the, hopefully near, future.
Since I planned to cycle along the coast of West Africa, and catch some cool breeze in the back, I will bounce against The Gambia. Here is another project of Focus on Education, something I loved when I was a child. Back then, my parents could make me happy with three things while travelling: donkeys, mountains and botanical gardens. I hope to visit Suleiman and his very own botanical garden.
Then, probably many, many months later, I wish to reach India where I would like to visit all the projects I have visited before. I am looking forwards to meet mama Uma Devi and her daughters, son Lakhsman and Dharmender, the boy with the skull operation. I would love to meet the nuns of Varanasi and their lovely ‘low caste’ girls. Smell the coconutoil in the black hair of the orphanes in Batlagundu, and move in for a while with the tribe in the Northern states of India. But for now, I am making myself ready to cycle to Congo. While the mind is ready to choose for the hardship, the practical part is in full swing!