Blog: sharing

I am stellar at sharing. If it can be shared, I’ll share it. If asked, I really can’t say no. Or maybe I’m good at making sure things can’t be shared. When it’s the last box of Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, I make sure that no one is coming to visit. Or whatever…..maybe I hide my Tang powder somewhere so it can’t be found….hmmm

Growing up, I thought my sister and I were good at sharing or maybe that’s just because we each had enough to keep busy. Idk. We weren’t good at sharing the middle seat on car trips. We named it “dead man’s land” and anything was fair game there. We could hit or pinch or steal whatever was there. But then when one of us was tired, it was ok to sleep there (which more often was my sister).

Now as an adult, with sharing comes responsibility. If I borrow something and on my watch it breaks, it’s my responsibility to fix it. Well, when one doesn’t have total control of something, one cannot dictate how it is maintained. In borrowing a car from a friend to drive to Moundou, some lug nuts weren’t properly tightened. Which, in turn, ended badly but not as badly as it could have. You can see in the picture below that the lug nut holes are worn. The lugs themselves were worn as well! To the point that when noticed, we only had 10km left. Thankfully we were already in Moundou. Jesus took the wheel on this one!

Thankfully it was an easy fix but it really renforces the need of a vehicle for my new position. We are down to the 11th hour for donations. We are still waiting for all the totals from the different groups that are helping out but I can confidently say we have at least $9,000! Thank you guys! So let’s keep it up! Still praying for God to multiple your donations like loves and fishes to reach $15,000!

You can send in your tax deductible donation to either Quincy SDA Church, PO Box J, Quincy, CA 95971 or Adventist Health International, 11060 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350. Checks should be made out to either organization, just note the donation is for “Bere vehicle.” You can also make donations via paypal at http://www.ahiglobal.org/main/donate-now. You’re donations go 100% to this project! No percentage is taken off for other things! Get those deductions in!

We rely on you for your generous donations to keep many of our small projects afloat. Please share this with your friends, churches and other groups! We are together!

Smiles and blessings to you all in 2017! #expatlife #chad #tchad #whenintchad #ndj #travel #worktravel #ngo #missions #ong #donatenow

Lug nut damage

Two sisters who just after this phot started fighting over sharing a stick!

Zachary Gately, MPH
Deputy Director
Adventist Health International-Tchad
zchgtly@gmail.com
zgately.com
+235 68920884
+235 91122492

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Blog: can’t talk so I guess I’ll write!

During my last trip to N’Djamena, I encountered much more dusty wind than expected. Normally these winds begin as the nighttime temperatures drop during the dry months, bring the sand from the Sahara down to us. These winds (as I think I’ve said before) are called the Harmattans and can be quite forceful. During the months of June, July, and August, you can see these winds coming across the Mediterranean. Everything has its season I guess….

Well because of these winds, my sinuses have been working overtime to keep things filtered and they are getting tired. Last night after another 8 hr bus ride, my voice decide it had had enough and would be out of commission. Considering talking, both face to face and on the phone, are a major part of my job (and personality, let’s be real!), it’s been hard to get a few things done today. I strain and sound like I’m from some horror movie, a raspy whisper that sounds like a death rattle (before or after death is yet to be determined!). There’s no pain like in strep or tonsillitis. I just can’t really talk is all.

But the work must go on! Thankfully Magory Dolcy is taking over most of my running around job as of this month. She’s way more organized than I am so it’s really working out well! Tomorrow we have a big New Years party for those working with our programs. Maybe I’ll call in sick….

The major holidays have passed now so hopefully things can be a bit more programmable. Seems like I’ll be in N’Djamena for the month of February! We have many papers that need to get pushed through the Ministry of Health so I’m going to go use my “woo” skills and see where that gets us.

Still in search of the perfect vehicle. I know that shouldn’t worry too much but I still do. I found a number of great ones back in August but lately it’s been tricky to find some with fewer miles. If there’s anyone with words of wisdom for used cars or deep pockets for a new one, please let me know. I’d be very appreciative for your advice and involvement. I’m going back and forth between a Toyota Landcruiser Prado or a RAV4. As you can see, I’ve made up my mind on three things: Toyota, 4×4, and 4 door. After that, I’m lost with the decisions. You can also make your recommendations by sending links from places like picknbuy24.com and cars2africa.com. Both have great reputations and I get a trip to Cameroon out of it to pick it up.

Please remember, you can send in your tax deductible donation to either Quincy SDA Church, PO Box J, Quincy, CA 95971 or Adventist Health International, 11060 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350. Checks should be made out to either organization, just note the donation is for “Bere vehicle.” You can also make donations via paypal at www.ahiglobal.org/main/donate-now. You’re donations go 100% to this project! No percentage is taken off for other things!

We rely on you for your generous donations to keep many of our small projects afloat. Please share this with your friends, churches and other groups! We are together!

Sunset over N’Djamena.

Zachary Gately, MPHDeputy Director
Adventist Health International-Tchad
zchgtly
zgately.com
+235 68920884
+235 91122492

L’Hopital Adventiste de Béré
ATTN: Zachary Gately
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Kelo, Tchad
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”Tis the season for tax deductions!

2016 has passed faster that I could have expected. It’s been an interesting year for sure: personally, professionally, politically….But time waits for no one. So we must carry on!

I’ve been trying to get going on the vlog thing. If you haven’t had a chance to look at it, take a look at https://youtu.be/pqVBiJp_Rnc?list=PLJaG3Iq4hmpkjFkBsucgH1Q3S6iapuX_1! It’s been fun so far but there is much room to improve. I hope that it (has/will) answers questions you may have about my life here. If you want to see something specific, let me know and I’ll do a vlog on it!

Christmas is approaching, which means the New Years is coming up too! And it’s the end of the year which means that you can make tax deductible donations! I am still fundraising for my vehicle! We are at $6340! Whooo! Thank you all who have donated thus far! Due to exchange rate and quality car availability, I’ve had to up my goal closer to $15,000. So send them in!

As the year closes, send in your tax deductible donation to either Quincy SDA Church, PO Box J, Quincy, CA 95971 or Adventist Health International, 11060 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350. Checks should be made out to either organization, just note the donation is for “Bere vehicle.” You can also make donations via paypal at www.ahiglobal.org/main/donate-now. You’re donations go 100% to this project! No percentage is taken off for other things! Get those deductions in!

We rely on you for your generous donations to keep many of our small projects afloat. Please share this with your friends, churches and other groups! We are together!

River sunset near the hospital.

Zachary Gately, MPH
Deputy Director
Adventist Health International-Tchad
zchgtly
zgately.com
+235 68920884
+235 91122492

L’Hopital Adventiste de Béré
ATTN: Zachary Gately
52 Boîte Postal
Kelo, Tchad
Africa

Blog: Can I borrow $20 again?

Can I borrow $20 again?

Today is my last vacation day! Its been great spending it with friends and family. It may have been a bit cool than I’m use to but the fall colors were worth it. I’m heading to Vancouver BC for a conference before flying back to Chad just in time to celebrate Thanksgiving!

I am now at 25% of my goal for a vehicle! Thank you thank you! We are aiming for $10,000 so lets keep it up!

As the year closes, send in your tax deductible donation to either Quincy SDA Church, PO Box J, Quincy, CA 95971 or Adventist Health International, 11060 Anderson Street, Loma Linda, CA 92350. Checks should be made out to either organization, just note the donation is for "Bere vehicle." You can also make donations via paypal at www.ahiglobal.org/main/donate-now. You’re donations go 100% to this project! No percentage is taken off for other things! Get those deductions in!

We rely on you for your generous donations to keep many of our small projects afloat. Please share this with your friends, churches and other groups! We are together!

ps I wish it was as easy to ride around Chad in my childhood tractor. Its been passed on to my cousin’s child.

Zachary Gately
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Blog: Home-ish

Today marks the first day of vacation. After a long weekend of the Global Health Conference put on by Loma Linda University, followed by a week of meetings and planning and organizing, today is free! Though I’m still doing work, it’s at Starbucks with Casey Neistat playing in the background and an iced coffee to accompany me. After the weekend here in Southern California, I’ll head up to NorCal and sleep for a week straight.

This is the first year I planned to attend this conference. Last time was totally by accident after my ticket was forgotten. And the time before, I was a student and kinda just snuck in. But now as a veteran (3 years counts, yeah?) Adventist Health International volunteer, it is great to see how the progress at each institution around the world has improved and grown throughout the last 5 years.

Being home, fundraising for my vehicle is the priority! I have about $2000 thus far! Thank you! But we haven’t reached our goal yet. What is that goal? Well, $10,000 would be nice, $15,000 great, and $20,000 optimal. Chad is rough on everything from health to electronics to vehicles, therefore quality is important. We want a vehicle that will last and a vehicle that will stand up to the conditions.

Every little bit counts. Its easy to donated! Thought $500 makes a big difference, $5 also makes a difference. We are together!

You can donate at one of places, just be sure to mark “Bere Vehicle” somewhere :

Send checks to:

Quincy SDA Church

PO Box J

Quincy, CA 95971

Adventist Health International

11060 Anderson St.

Loma Linda, CA 92350

or online:

ahiglobal.org/main/donate-now/

paypal can be sent to zchgtly

Venmo can be sent via @zchgtly

Some of you have already donated. Thank you! Those will be included in this as well!

Here I am with Assam Assam from the Cameroonian Association, Dr. Ndaa from the WAD, and Sarah and Zachri who were both former student missionaries.

There were over 230 international participants!

Zachary Gately
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zgately.com
+235 68920884+1 (530) 927-7970

L’Hopital Adventiste de Béré
ATTN: Zachary Gately
52 Boîte Postal
Kelo, Tchad
Africa

Being a Responsible Deputy Director

“With great power comes great responsibility.” – Benjamin Parker

Who hasn’t heard this Spiderman line quoted to them as they were excepted into a professional program, had children, or were promoted? Maybe no one but I often think it at these pivotal life events. As for the children part, I’m pretty sure that’s too much responsibility for me still.

But career wise, this promotion is proving to have a lot more responsibility than my previous job. And maybe its because of the great power my boss, Olen, has provided me. The past 5 months since I have been named Deputy Director of Adventist Health International – Tchad have been bursting with career and character developing opportunities. I have met with people I never thought I would meet. I have traveled more to and from N’Djamena-Bere-Moundou more than what seems humanly possible, with schedule delays and motorcycle crashes and lots and lots of waiting. I swear I have become a professional wait-er (not a food server, just someone who waits) sometimes.

So with this promotion and responsibility, it has become evident that I need a vehicle. I don’t make bank here nor can we get car loans. Cash is king here in Chad. The terrain is tough so I need a vehicle that can make it and let me get to where I need to get going.

That being said, I am fundraising for a vehicle.

It can’t just be a beat up little Corolla. We have potholes that become puddles that you could fit the Corolla in! So I’m going for a Toyota LandCruiser. There are several qualities but 4×4 and a diesel engine are needed. AC would be nice for those 112F days. And with what is given, I’ll make the best choice on quality over flash. We don’t want any junk for Jesus here. A safe vehicle with a quality engine and chassis are the goal. Also, this car needs to last for the next Deputy Director as well! So though it won’t be cheap, together we can make it happen. 

You can donate at one of places, just be sure to mark “Bere Vehicle” somewhere :

Send checks to:

Quincy SDA Church

PO Box J

Quincy, CA 95971

Adventist Health International

11060 Anderson St.

Loma Linda, CA 92350

or online:

ahiglobal.org/main/donate-now/

paypal can be sent to zchgtly@gmail.com

Venmo can be sent via @zchgtly

Some of you have already donated. Thank you! Those will be included in this as well!

Thank you! Please share. I’ll be in the US soon! So if you have questions, comments, just wanna chat, let me know!

Here are some photos of the bus broken down at 1 am on the way to N’Djamena, a road we use to get to one of the health centers, and after my motorcycle accident.

Blog: one year later

One year ago today, I left Chad with the possibility of not returning. An evacuation order was sent in response to an updated travel warning from the US State Department resulting in 7 days to leave the country. I already had my ticket as I had planned to go home anyways for my annual leave. It was tough for many people. Our Chadian community thought we were abandoning them, some missionaries pulled out completely, others were rerouted to other mission sites, and it created a lot of unnecessary hassle. At that point, the threat of Boko Haram had diminished significantly, without so much as a peep for a couple months. We were all en guard, in limbo, and unsure of the future! Thankfully, the evacuation ban was lifted after 5 weeks!

But now, there still aren’t many peeps or disturbances. Chad’s military is know to be the best in bush warfare and have done a great job and working with the surrounding governments to rid the region of Boko Haram. In fact, when a volunteer asked if they could go visit Lake Chad (the hot zone for Boko Haram) I said she couldn’t because of Boko Haram.

She replied, “beaucoup de quoi?”

“No, no, no…BO KO Haram.”

Again, “what is haram? Why is there a lot of Haram?”

“The terrorist group, from Nigeria, that works with ISIS, that kidnapped 200 girls and a catholic priest?”

“Ooohhhhh. Got it. Yeah, I haven’t heard much about them recently.”

So it’s not so much a concern anymore as you can see. But just this week the US Department of State updated their WorldWide Caution. It talked of how one must stay vigilant and aware and that anytime anywhere anyone could be a victim. We can see that we must exercise caution wherever we travel and in whatever we do.

So that means that it’s better to die out and about than dying at home. So get that passport renewed and get on out there! Specifically surgeons and dentists and surgery sub-specialists and electricians and plumbers. We need you to get your passports and get out here to Chad!

Of course not everyone can do that so you could always lend a helping check for a car or a surgery or other necessary things in our growing institutions.

Anyways, it’s great to have been back and not have the threat of terrorism. I love what I do and am looking forward to the advancement of each institution here as they grow little by little everyday. And seriously…we need surgeons, surgery sub-specialists, plumbers, dentists, and electricians!

As well as I’m still trying to get a car…..

Zachary Gately, MPH
zchgtly@gmail.com
zgately.com
+235 68920884
+235 91122492

L’Hopital Adventiste de Béré
ATTN: Zachary Gately
52 Boîte Postal
Kelo, Tchad
Africa