Samoutou Family Blog
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About This Blog...

Family of 5 
from Gabon, Hong Kong and the UK   

Living in Impfondo,   
Republic of Congo   
Since April 2012 

Blog by Joyce the mum, 
Homeschooling novice, 
Eye Charity founding doctor / director. 
Reluctant domestic goddess 

Passionate about sashimi, 
helping people see 
physically and spiritually,   
and Jesus   


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Recent Posts

NEWS - the kind that you have to share!
May 14, 2016

Some exciting news for the new year!
December 11, 2015
Here is our end of year newsletter with some truly extraordinary news on page 2!  [READ MORE]

Brazzaville and home
September 10, 2015

I felt sad to be leaving, as if I had only just begun to settle. The Samoutou family has been amazing to me, as has everyone else I have had the pleasure of meeting here. Luckily, the journey to Brazzaville got me looking forward to civilization and a hot shower […] [READ MORE]

Tikala malamu, Impfondo
September 7, 2015

I went to help build another house on Tuesday. Instead of slapping on the mud, I was taught how to use branches, sticks and vines to bind together an amazingly strong skeletal framework the size of an extra large garden shed. A lot of the houses are made of one […] [READ MORE]

Food, glorious food!
September 4, 2015

About 15 thumb-sized caterpillars lie there in front of me, clustered in a bowl-shaped leaf. Picking one up, I observe its Riga Mortis body, coloured black but tipped with an amber head and tail. It is long dead, but in my mind’s eye its worm-like body is still writhing a […] [READ MORE]

In the jungle, the might jungle
September 1, 2015

On Sunday I went with Guillaume and Sarah to an Aka Pygmy church, made of fire-hardened bricks from the local soil, located further North of Impfondo. The Aka live in a Matriarchal society, with women holding the power and authority. It was amazing to watch and listen to how they […] [READ MORE]

Newsletter August 2015!
August 31, 2015
The August Newsletter is out and, in-keeping with some of the stuff I have written as Guest Blogger, its all about the Congo! Check out the link for some top tips and information from the Samoutou kids on life in the jungle...

Guest Blog by

Rowan Cassels-Brown

New Sight Summer Intern [READ MORE]

African Street Party
August 31, 2015

I had a good weekend of it getting out and about, exploring Impfondo and its surroundings. On Saturday I was taken for a tour of the town by Sarah, a missionary who has been living and working here for 20 years. It shows, because pretty much everyone in the large […] [READ MORE]

When it rains, it pours
August 28, 2015

The equatorial storm is like none other. When it rains in the Congo jungle, it absolutely chucks it down. The thunder doesn’t clap here, it bellows with a rage only Mother Nature could muster. Lightning splits the thick cloud in two with an electric purple. Once the rain stops and […] [READ MORE]

Working in Africa
August 27, 2015

I have spent the last couple of weeks working with Joyce on the new website content and on various administration and organization aspects of New Sight. My regular blogging has been doing a seemingly good job on boosting the hits the current New Sight website receives. We have just got […] [READ MORE]

This Little Piggy Went to Market
August 25, 2015

Whenever I visit an exciting new place, I am always keen to spend some time at the local market. For me, the energy and etiquette of the market is always a colorful representation of the country’s wider culture, with a melting pot of merchants trying to flog their goods to […] [READ MORE]

Community Health Screening
August 22, 2015

Thursday’s community health screening trip to Nkoko was one of the best bits so far. We set off due-North from Impfondo on the same road which runs straight through town. It was tarmac-ed but within a couple of minutes driving its flat surface began to give way to Africa. The […] [READ MORE]

Rehab in the jungle
August 20, 2015

On Monday night I finally hauled myself out to go to a bar. As I pedaled my bike through the slowly fading heat of the evening I caught in my eye a square, door-deprived frame radiating a yellow light. There were a couple of people sat out front in the […] [READ MORE]

August 18, 2015
On Sunday I went to the Chapel and joined in with the Samoutou family band. [READ MORE]

First few days in Impfondo
August 13, 2015
It’s my fourth night in Impfondo, and I am starting to feel settled. [READ MORE]

Arrival to Impfondo
August 12, 2015
I am now in Impfondo, bang in the middle of what I believe is the second largest rainforest in the world, and its hot. [READ MORE]

August 12, 2015
Though I have been preparing for my visit to Congo for months now, it wasn’t until we began to fly down over the river Congo, its vast expanse bordered only by thick rainforest, that I began to realize just what an experience this trip could be. I had finally come to Africa. [READ MORE]

Congo and New Sight
August 12, 2015

Join our brand new guest blogger Rowan as he visits and explores Congo for the first time! [READ MORE]

New Sight Newsletter: Edition April 2015
May 1, 2015
Read the latest news from New Sight Congo, as well gain access to past issues and newsletter subscription. Please click here. Thanks. 

New Sight Newsletter Presents Edition Dec 2014
January 8, 2015
Our latest news from the Congo jungle!  Please click here.  Thanks! [READ MORE]

New Sight Newsletter Snap Happy Edition August 2014
August 22, 2014
Thrilled to share with you our latest developments via New Sight August Newsletter (English version / Chinese version)!

Samoutou Family Health and Travel Update (2 July 14)
July 2, 2014

Thank you for your love, care and prayers.  Our family is thrilled to announce that Joyce saw the hospital specialist again this morning and has been given the go-ahead to return to Congo!  We will be able to leave the UK on 14 July.  If you would like to pray […] [READ MORE]

New Sight Newsletter Special Travel Edition
June 10, 2014

Hi.  They do say, 'Better late than never!'.  Here is our latest newsletter albeit released in April 14.  Please click here for the English version and here for our very first Chinese version!Thank you for your support  […] [READ MORE]

Samoutou Family Health and Travel Update (8 June 14)
June 8, 2014

Up until a week ago, we were all getting sad to leave the UK and excited to fly back to Congo today.  However, due to some very unexpected problems with Joyce’s health, we had to follow the hospital specialists’ advice and remain in the UK for another 6 weeks.  We […] [READ MORE]

Re-entering Civilisation: 10 things I look forward to and 10 things I am nervous about
January 3, 2014

3-day count-down until we set off on the biggest trip of our lives.  We will be on the roads for exactly 5 months.  Here are the 10 things I most look forward to as well as 10 things I am most anxious about as we prepare to re-enter civilisation. Our former world feels like a million miles away..


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