Congo Tidbits

As Lucy flew north to Mbandaka to begin her 17-hour pirogue (canoe) trip on the Congo, Ruki and Momboyo rivers to Lotumbe, I found myself at the American Corner on the campus of the Congo Protestant University giving an overview of the American election process. The American Corner is a State Department-sponsored worldwide initiative seeking to provide a window on America with the help of a resource center library, materials and English-only activities. The Kinshasa American Corner was inaugurated in 2008 on the university campus establishing a perfect tool for students looking to perfect their English language skills. My Saturday session at the Center brought an impressive group of about 30 current and former university students who fully engaged in the discussion on the impact of American politics on Africa and globally, women in leadership roles and the necessary elements of being an effective leader. As the university expands its requirement of English language skills – especially in the Medical School and the Microfinance Center – the American Corner will enhance the students’ abilities to navigate in the global marketplace.

As we wait for Lucy’s hair-raising tales of adventure, I will leave you with:

Papa Pierre’s Granola Recipe (head chef at the guesthouse where we stayed)

7 cups Quaker Oats
1 cup coconut
1 cup peanuts

Mix the above ingredients slowly with the ingredients below.

1/2 cup water
1 cup oil
1 cup sugar
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt

In an oven at low temperature, toast for 15 minutes then toss.

We looked forward to Sunday morning breakfast and his special treat. Merci Papa!