I have received a couple of comments that make me think I’d better straighten out the impressions I’m giving.
The nursing school at the mission has been functioning for years and years, started by the Swedish missionaries long ago. During the course of the last class of students, 2011-2015, the school was approved as a university level institution, so they graduated as registered nurses. The new class of 30 students (this number will probably diminish by the end of the school year) just began courses about 3 weeks ago. I only help out very occasionally at the school when they are short handed, and never as a professor. The faculty is a dedicated group of missionaries and hospital personnel, doctors and nurses all.
About those house photos I posted – I don’t know who lives in those homes, they just caught my eye as we drove past them in Cameroon. Below is a photo of a friend’s home, which is the typical village dwelling in CAR – well, except for the plants and flowers around the base of the house and hanging in baskets. That definitely is not the norm, in fact the average villager will have bare dirt right up to the walls of the house, which they sweep every morning. Plants like this can harbor snakes, and we have some bad ones hereabouts.