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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

Educating in the Jungle: From Disaster to Delight
December 14, 2013
I am no education expert. I don't know how our kids will turn out, but here is a letter to my dear friend about our homeschooling journey so far.  [READ MORE]

Trip to Gabon Part 2
November 27, 2013

How a phone call out of the blue changed our lives. 
Why it took me so long to write another blog. 
I hope this blog encourages you when life throws you a surprise, and
When things don’t make any sense.

New Sight Newsletter November 2013- Special Announcement
November 23, 2013
To read our special announcement and much more, please click here.

Trip to Gabon Part 1 (To be continued)
August 8, 2013

Just some notes and thoughts as we travel and revisit Gabon where we developed our first eye centre. [READ MORE]

New Sight Newsletter August 2013 - Reality TV edition
July 23, 2013
To read all our latest exciting news, please click here. [READ MORE]

New Home!
July 23, 2013
A collection of pictures following the move from our former eye clinic in the administrative building to our new eye clinic in a renovated and extended building at the hospital. Come see our new home!

I don’t know how you do it (Confessions of a working homeschooling mum)
May 31, 2013

Yesterday, I received a whataspp message from a friend. Her sister is a working mum who is ‘so busy and tired and always frustrated. She hates to be in such a state but she just can’t find a way out.’  Her sister asked her, ‘How does Joyce manage her 3 kids on top of the full time job with lack of resources’.  Here is my answer… [READ MORE]

Meet the parent: the day a Chinese girl met the family of an African village boy
May 10, 2013

I will never forget the first time Henri took me, a girl from the concrete jungle of Hong Kong to meet his family in the village in the rainforest of Gabon. [READ MORE]

Jungle Walk with the Pygmies (a photo tour)
May 4, 2013
Roaming through the rainforest with the traditionally shy Pygmies, they opened my eyes to herbal medicine, their way of life and more. Join me for a photo tour of their amazing world! [READ MORE]

Cherissa’s prayer (in the depths of Africa)
April 26, 2013
This is a story about the lifelong dream of our 7-year-old. It makes my heart sing. [READ MORE]

剛果日記節錄 / Extracts from Joyce’s journal in Congo
April 25, 2013
Bilingual magazine articles published in February 2013 [READ MORE]

Clueless kids and Chuckling angels
April 19, 2013

Easter is always a special time celebrating the love of Jesus. It is extra special to our family for a number of reasons. [READ MORE]

Around the town centre of Impfondo, Congo in 30 Photos
April 17, 2013

Come with us for a stroll around our town and market in Congo! [READ MORE]

Newsletter April 2013: First Anniversary Edition
April 17, 2013
Like our patients, our newsletter is getting a total make-over.  Here is the new look in our Special First Anniversary Edition! [READ MORE]

Ultimate Make-Over: 10-years-younger and Beyond!
April 11, 2013
How to look 10 years younger in Congo...  [READ MORE]

3 things I want my children to learn: thoughts of a secret tiger mum in Congo
April 9, 2013

People are often concerned and ask about our children’s education.  Here is my first blog about raising children in the developing world.



The Boy whom no-one knew if he could or would see: A True Story
April 6, 2013

Every time I think about this precious boy with his big big eyes, I well up with tears and get goosebumps all over... [READ MORE]

5 Eating Habits of a Chinese / Gabonese / British family in Congo
March 17, 2013

What does a Chinese/Gabonese/British family eat in remote Congo?  How we are changing the way eat, and perhaps more interestingly, how the way we eat is changing us …  [READ MORE]

True Bliss (Lesson 3 From India)
March 9, 2013

I’d much rather pretend not to see the needs of this hurting world.  It’s not that I don’t care, but let’s face it, the needs are overwhelming.  What can I possibly do?  Show them unwanted sympathy?  Feel guilty, frustrated and helpless?  Here is my ongoing journey in coming to terms with my awkwardness of living in a poor and needy world… [READ MORE]

Speak up (Lesson 2 from India)
February 27, 2013
When I feel intimidated, when I would rather hide, when I don't want to be seen or heard, I remind myself of this... [READ MORE]

The Secret (Lesson 1 from India)
February 22, 2013
For the days when I feel like I can't cope and I don't want to be here in Congo, I remind myself of this secret. [READ MORE]

An Unexpected Life
February 11, 2013

Please read and persevere to the end of this blog and discover what we still find hard to believe!  Guarantee you that you will not have seen it coming!  [READ MORE]

Real Life Super-Heroe. Real Live Offering
February 8, 2013

I don’t know her name.  She is so bent over that I can’t really see what she looks like.  I can’t stop thinking about this old wrinkled lady.  I am spellbound.  I am awe struck.   Every Sunday without fail, bent over at 90 degrees from a painful back, barely able to […] [READ MORE]

Newsletter October 2012: Developmental Milestone Edition
October 15, 2012

Samoutou News October 2012: Developmental Milestone Edition   MBOTE (Hello in Congolese dialect)!   Welcome to our Developmental Milestone Edition!  Please come with us as we journey our significant never-the-same moments!     FIRST UP, SOME BREAKING AMAZING NEWS!   Guess who just won the international eXcellence in Ophthalmology Vision Award (XOVA) and received a 50 000 Euros […] [READ MORE]

Joyce's first proper blog: Illness, Chicken, Crowds...
July 22, 2012

This is my first go at blogging.  We have toyed with the idea ever since Henri and I started our charity New Sight Eye Care 18 months ago.  Subconsciously, I was always waiting for ‘the moment’ when I would actually have something to blog about.  Never could I have imagined […] [READ MORE]

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