Family on a mission
Three years of aid work in Botswana ahead
It’s a world away from Cromwell, but the southern African country of Botswana will soon be home for Cromwell woman Anita Muir and her family. Mrs Muir, her husband Daniel and one-year-old daughter, Esther, will be relocating permanently to the Third World country in January, where the couple will work for missionary organisation Serving in Mission. They will be based in the country’s capital, Gaborone, and will work alongside Flying Mission Botswana, the only air ambulance in the country. Mr Muir will work as an ICT administrator and Mrs Muir was hoping to work with orphans with AIDS. Mrs Muir said Botswana was experiencing the second worst AIDS epidemic in the world with more than one in three people living with the disease. The couple had experience living in Third World countries – Mr Muir and his family lived in South America for four years, while Mrs Muir lived in Burkina Faso, in west Africa, with her family when she was two until she was 14. They will live in Botswana for three years before returning home for six months for a compulsory break where they will have medical and health checks and continue to seek support from the community. They will then return and continue their work. Mrs Muir said she was excited about their new life, but also a bit sad about leaving her family and friends. The couple leave in January and until then will spend their weekends visiting churches, youth groups and other gatherings to talk about their move to Botswana and to seek support for their work.
Heading to Africa: Cromwell woman Anita Muir will be heading to Botswana in January, with her husband Daniel and one-year-old daughter, Esther, to do missionary work for Serving in Mission.