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Hi all,
How have you been?  I hope that you’re doing O.K.  Please say “Hi” to all MSF-HK for me.  I’m writing this letter from El Fasher, North Sudan to tell you that I’m doing fine here and all is well.  Tomorrow it will officially be one month that I’ve been here and things are working out very well.  I am learning a lot from this mission.  I feel that I’m growing as a person, I am learning new skills and in only one month I’ve already experienced so much. As a log supply based in El Fasher, it’s basically office work. We don’t have dispensaries or hospitals here. I really want to go into the field and see with my own eyes the patients, the beneficiaries, the malnutrition affecting children and how the MSF doctors work.  El Fasher is the transit city between the capital and the project. I’ve talked about this with the Head of Mission. He totally understands how I feel and he decided that at least once a week I can go into the field to give them support in supply or IT. As I have an IT background, all the people here come to me for their computer problems, even though they are usually just small Excel problems. I have found that the national staff’s skills in IT is very limited. I am planning to conduct some simple Microsoft Office training for them, but I still haven’t had enough time to prepare the training materials. The national staff ask me almost everyday about the training because they say that they don’t want to miss a chance to improve their skills in IT.  That’s a good spirit, so I’d better start making some plans.
Read the scanned letter/ Page 2

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About living conditions here, it’s very basic. But we do have electricity, and everything is fine. I have no complaints in that regard. And then, about living with other experts, I think that this is a crucial thing, because I work with them in the office and also live with them in the compound, so I need to adapt and make a good relationship with them.  I gladly say that I have no problem with this. I have easily made friends with them. The most important thing among all is to keep motivated although we live in a remote location, with basic living conditions and without any privacy.  I just keep reminding myself that I’m doing this for others that need my help.  It always lights up my motivation and keeps me sane.  And I’m sure that I’m going to be all right for the next five months. So, there’s my first month’s story.  See you in five months!!! P.S. I really miss KFC and McDonald’s!! Don’t forget to say Hi for all MSF-HK team! Keep well, keep healthy, keep safe and keep motivated. Bagus
Bagus Emir IKHWANTO who comes from Indonesia joined MSF in 2007. In March 2007, he left for his first mission to El Fasher, north Sudan to provide logistic support for MSF’s basic health care programme. As there is no internet service in El Fasher, ways of communication are back to basic – he worte MSF Hong Kong a letter and passed the letter to a volunteer who was heading to Hong Kong. In this letter, he shared his joy in his first month of mission.

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