I finished up my whirlwind visit to Nairobi and flew into Harare yesterday. Last Friday, I profiled 35 employees at the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority after I had no sleep the night before. That hasn't happened to me in a while, but I could not sleep after I arrived on Thursday night, so I had to put in a full day of work on Friday. I did remarkably well, although by 5 PM I was dragging! To make matters worse, I only had two hours of sleep on Friday night before I flew here. I had a good night's sleep last night.
I have not seen them for myself, but judging by what I hear, conditions in Harare are worse than when I was here in June. I am told that there is nothing in the local stores. I saw a picture that someone took and that is what is pictured - absolutely nothing! I am grateful that I have had power and water since I arrived, but a church worker told me that they have had water at their church site for only five days in the last month. As I move around this week, I will keep you posted on how things are.
I have a busy week ahead with four days devoted to training for The Pacific Institute. In the midst of crumbling conditions, all I can do is help people hold onto a positive attitude and visualize a better future. Everyone says that this must end here, that something has got to change. So far, not much has and things are getting worse in many circles. I will write more later in the week.