The following was written by Christine Kalondu Ngui after she joined me on a trip to Burundi — her first trip in a plane! Christine is a Kenyan who has qualifications in accounting. Her role is CCW Accountant, supporting primarily the Africa region but also providing some support to CURE Clubfoot Worldwide globally. Beyond the finance domain, Christine has also assumed the role of “office manager extraordinaire” for the CCW Africa Regional Office!
For the first time in everything, everybody experiences a level of anxiety and timidity. For my first time on a plane, I was so early to my checking in; I wanted to have enough time to avoid simple embarrassment. But this was not enough to suppress the anticipation in me. Under other circumstances, perhaps this anticipation would vanish with the presence of family members escorting, but thank God for my colleague Linda, who helped me beyond expectation, with good care and concern.
But still, this does not kill the anxiety; I anticipated taking off so much. As soon as the pilot was done with the announcements, we took off safely, and my mind completely switched from the Kenya Airways flight and almost forgets that I’m headed for Burundi for a mission. Read the rest of this entry »