Greetings! I'm starting this blog in hopes that I will be able to post to it while working in Indonesia during the first quarter of 2009. I will be traveling, with another volunteer from Arizona, to the Aceh region of northern Sumatra, for a three-month assignment to rehabilitate an HF and VHF radio network installed by another Red Cross national society but not placed into operation. Our job is to get all of the radios back into working order and to train the local staff on radio operations. The radios are all part of an early warning system being put in place in preparation for the next natural disaster.
This, you know, was the region most impacted by the tsunami that struck on December 26, 2004. The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have been doing great work in the area to help the Indonesian people recover. Our project is a small part of that overall effort.
At this time we're still awaiting final signatures on the project. If all goes to plan we'll be heading to Indonesia early in January. For now, I'm going to enjoy the Christmas and New Years holiday season with my wife Ann and my family in Northern Ontario.