Healthy Soul

Working in a live environment

Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, TU’s president, called a meeting of all faculty and staff. We met in the gallery of the Academic Complex. If you are standing at the double doors, looking out of the building you can see Tubman Hall, the residences, across the field.

Several families of chickens roam the open areas near Tubman hall residences. I hear a few of these free-range chickens are going to be dinner very soon.

Several families of chickens roam the open areas near Tubman hall residences. I hear a few of these free-range chickens are going to be dinner very soon.

Still looking outward there is a huge plum (mango) tree to your right. The broad branches create a ready-made garage, shading the many motor bikes parked around its trunk, from the sun. The bus stops right in front of the building. To your left is the engineering building, its construction stalled until the government of Liberia releases more funds, or a partner is identified.

Dr. Elizabeth Carbajosa, VP,Academic Affairs with Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, President, Tubman University at the meeting for all staff and faculty.

Dr. Elizabeth Carbajosa, VP,Academic Affairs with Dr. Elizabeth Davis-Russell, President, Tubman University at the meeting for all staff and faculty.

The university benefits from many partnerships. For example the Academic Complex as well as the co-ed dorm in progress are gifts from the Government of Morocco. The Visions in Action NGO supports the teacher education program simultaneously with the training of members of the Ivorian refugee camps to work with their young children.

The Tubman University bus brings employees and students onto the campus in the mornings, then to and from town at lunch time, and back into town in the evenings after work. Its a motorbike taxi is you miss the bus. Here Lillian is the first passenger on the bus heading back to campus after lunch. Yes, everybody takes lunch at the same time each day as the electricity goes off between 12 noon and 2p.

The Tubman University bus brings employees and students onto the campus in the mornings, then to and from town at lunch time, and back into town in the evenings after work. Its a motorbike taxi is you miss the bus. Here Lillian is the first passenger on the bus heading back to campus after lunch. Yes, everybody takes lunch at the same time each day as the electricity goes off between 12 noon and 2p.

As we are sitting in the gallery listening to her presentation the coming and going of motorbikes are distracting. Doc, as she is affectionately called, asks that the doors be closed. The whirring of ceiling fans, the shifting of bodies in white plastic patio chairs, an occasional cough, and Doc’s voice are all you hear for a while.

These goats, TU 1 and TU 2, were gifted to the university when it was opened.

These goats, TU 1 and TU 2, were gifted to the university when it was opened.

Then, from outside the walls, on the other side of the room across from the double doors, comes the bleating of goats. Laughter erupts as we all, including Doc, acknowledge the presence of TU1 and TU2 – goats gifted to the university when it opened, now belonging to the College of Agriculture and about to be transported to the farm. There is no denying it; we are in a live environment. That’s our accepted reality.

Ant hills are all over the campus. They represent over 10 years of work by the ants and house several thousand along with one queen who lives in the center.

Ant hills are all over the campus. They represent over 10 years of work by the ants and house several thousand along with one queen who lives in the center.

What’s your reality today? Have you accepted it?

 

2 Comments

  1. My friend, belated happy birthday!!….how could I miss that important day. I remember we talked about celebrating our birthdays this year, but it got overtaken by this opportunity you are now experiencing. You are a real trooper, adapting to this different way of living, but what an experience. Miss you immensely!!!!

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