Also, Jana Cunningham, an NICU nurse from Banner Good Samaritan is on our team, and she has been writing wonderful blog posts. You can find her blog at nicunursegoestoafrica.blogspot.com.
Several months ago a doctor arrived at the Hospital of Hope for a short term assignment. The first weekend she was here, Dr. Kelly Farber said to the short term volunteer doctor, "Go get your bathing suit and let's go for a swim in the pool." The visiting doctor replied that she hadn't brought a bathing suit. Dr. Farber said, "Didn't you know we have a swimming pool here?" to which the doctor replied, "I thought you were joking!"
I must admit I could just not grasp a swimming pool in northern Togo, but sure enough, there is a beautiful L-shaped swimming pool behind a 10 foot wall. A pool company from Texas had donated all of the equipment and manpower. Alain Niles, one of the long term missionaries here, had dug the hole in the ground with the tractor. The only difficult task with this is that unfortunately they built the wall before he dug the hole, which made the task far more difficult.
The result, however, is this beautiful pool for the families here to gather and enjoy a chance to cool off. It was designed so it just gradaually starts off shallow and then gets deeper and deeper and deeper. I have especially enjoyed going out late at night and cooling off before going to bed, as the pool is just across from the guest house.