Many of you are in lockdown/isolation in your houses, thanks to the Coronavirus.

You probably put quite a lot of thought into sourcing food and creating new (perhaps not repeatable) dishes from the contents of your cupboards.  And we are no different here in Chad.

However one thing that you probably didn’t have to think too much about was water.  You have fresh, drinkable water coming out of the taps in your houses.  Here in Chad we don’t have running water in our house or in our yard.

84415718_251828469139497_7197375335573225472_nWe have to buy water from young men who push karts around selling it.  The price varies depending on the season of the year and the availability of water, but at the moment it is 1000CFA (£1.34) for a kart-full.

We store the water in large barrels.  90709019_534664494096479_2397254035125043200_n

When we need more water, we phone one of the men to bring more.  Or we stand in the street and wave one down, but often they are already on their way to someone’s house.

For running water, most Chadians use a sakhkhan, or plastic teapot shaped container (pictured below).


We however choose to use a DIY tap system that Aphia made (pictured below).  Many of our storage barrels (and the washing hands station) are outside at the moment, so we have to be careful not to burn our hands when the water barrels have been standing in the sun.  We hope to make shelters for the water barrels soon!


Hot season

Hot season in Chad arrived suddenly this year at the end of February.  Or perhaps it was a taster of hot season as it only stayed at 42*C for a week before dropping by 10*C and giving us respite again.  Until April!

Life at 42*C is very different from life at 32*C.  A lot of energy goes into staying healthy and filtering and drinking enough water.  Energy levels go down and sleeping is harder at night, so folk often sleep in the afternoons when it is too hot to comfortably do anything else.  Visiting folk becomes more difficult, or certainly more restricted to mornings and late afternoon.

(The photo is of a dusty late afternoon distant view of our town from a hill.)

We are very thankful for a solar system that allows us to run fans and a solar fridge, so moving (hot) air and cold water make things easier.

Hot season is also mango season, but there also seem to be a lot of carrots around at the moment.  I’ve tried a carrot cake with pineapple in it, but never with mango in it.  Sounds like an interesting experiment.  Though the mangoes rarely make it into cakes, as they are too good fresh!

Thinking about the upcoming hot season, I have been challenged to face it with joy, as well as realistic expectations of the speed that life will go at in the coming weeks!



Normality…for a third culture kid

Emunah has settled here in Chad.  She thinks that it is normal to see goats, donkeys and horses in the street and to take a bath in the middle of the living room floor in a wide bucket.

She loves reading books with us and watching youtube videos of elephants or cartoons with frogs or sheep in them.  She asks to draw and colour with her crayons.  Her vocabulary is extensive, though sometimes her chattering is not yet understandable.  She sings and dances and swings from anything she can reach.

I guess in some ways her life isn’t that different from a child anywhere in the world.  Except women in the market give her vegetables as presents if she’s in a sling on my back.  And many of the children that she hangs out with don’t have a language in common with her.  In fact many of the adults she meets don’t speak to her in English but in Chadian Arabic or in French.  She gets very excited if we say that we’re going out somewhere, gets her hat and her sandals and runs to the gate.  She loves riding in rickshaws and sings with joy, interspersed with cries of animal names and sounds as she spots them at the side (or in the middle) of the road.



Happy new year 2020!

Greetings from Chad! It has been quite challenging looking back at the last 10 years, but the theme of God’s faithfulness persists.

Here in Abeche, we’re settling in, dusting off our Chadian Arabic and catching up with old friends. I will start teaching English Level 1 on 7th January, God willing.

Aphia is doing a lot of work to make a rental property ready for us to move into. We hope to put up photos before the end of the month of the finished house!

I’m also resolving to post on here more frequently. And when we’ve got good internet reception, I’ll put up a photo or two!

God bless,
The Tuwis

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Catch Up

A lot has happened in the last few years since I left Chad in March 2017 to get married.

I then went to my husband’s country, Vanuatu, for home assignment.

I changed organistion to join the organisation that my husband works with.

Our daughter was born dead, in a hospital in New Zealand, 10 weeks early.

She miraculously survived, thanks to people all around the world praying for her, and thanks to God’s timing that she was born in just the right place at the right time.  She is now thriving.

We are now getting ready to return to Chad.

Only now as I typed about us packing the suitcases did I realise how much of the story is not on here.

In returning to Chad, we hope to keep more up to date on here about our travels and work.


Packing for Chad!

The flights are booked and the mayhem of packing our lives into 4 suitcases has begun.

We’ve had a number of setbacks in recent weeks, so getting to the stage of packing feels momentous.
We leave Scotland for Chad on 14th October 2019, God willing!received_477208906189757


In my mind, the blog is for work and I put social things on Facebook, but this will affect all aspects of life, so here’s some news: On 30th July 2016, Aphia Tuwi asked me to marry him and I said, “Yes!”

We hope to marry in Scotland in 2017. I am going back to Scotland in March 2017 to visit churches and prayer groups and to prepare for the wedding!

Teaching English

Greetings from East Chad! Here’s a photo of me hard at work teaching English. The students include men wanting to do commerce in Sudan, students wanting to do their Masters in English-speaking countries and women studying Law and International relations at the local university. I teach Level 1, which is a fun level to teach, as they start with no English and can understand and speak basic English at the end of 10 weeks!

The Explaining Game (Knowledge that we take for granted!)

The following is a list of things that are not easily understood by a lot of Chadians living in Abéché:

  • Berries, e.g. Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, etc.
  • Other currencies (apart from those who have already travelled to Sudan)
  • The sea. Salt water vs Fresh water
  • Bank cards and paying for things in shops using them
  • Supermarkets and trolleys
  • Travel insurance
  • House insurance
  • National insurance
  • Water-based toilets and waste water treatment
  • Toilets on aeroplanes
  • Snow, skiing and snowboarding
  • Icy roads
  • Compost
  • Hotel (where you stay with people you don’t know while travelling)
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Drinking water from individual glasses (rather than one big bowl)
  • Eating using a knife and fork
  • Dessert
  • Cake icing
  • Wool that has more than one colour in each ball
  • Washing machines
  • Dish-washers
  • Tumble dryers
  • Chronic illness that needs treatment for longer than a week
  • Chopping boards
  • Living inside a house
  • Closing a door
  • Going out in the rain

I’m sure that there are many more, but some of these concepts are difficult to explain.

Try explaining them in Chadian Arabic!

Dust Storm!

I wish that I had a photo of this one. As I finished teaching English class, a huge dust storm rolled in from the desert. It was a huge wall of black and grey cloud, looking like a large wave surging forward. It was moving fast. I jumped in a ruckshaw, but realised that the wall of dust had already passed my house and we were going to have to head straight for it! As we entered it, the wind whipped dust and pieces of rubbish around and even into the ruckshaw. Even using clothes to cover my eyes and mouth and nose, a lot of dust got in. The ruckshaw driver put on the head-lights, as we could see very little, as it was dark inside the cloud of dust, like in thick fog, but darker instead of white. We made it to my front gate and I felt my way through unlocking the 2 padlocks to let me in through the gate and then the front door. Inside my house is also full of the dust that the wind blew in. (Instead of glass windows and solid doors, we have metal slats and mosquito netting, neither of which stops wind and dust.) My belongings look like they have been sitting for weeks, while I only left the house 2 hours ago. Even as I type, the dust continues to settle. One hour, and it is all over, but the dust still settling and a few more gusts of wind. And thankfully a drop in temperature of 10*C! Now to start mopping up the dust.

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