Things are looking up...finally
Trip Start Dec 01, 2007
37Trip End Mar 27, 2010
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I also got a new kitten which I've put off doing for so long because it was really hard for me when the last one died
In addition to Juffy cheering my life, I've been working with the youth a lot lately. I started a peer educator group of 12 middle school (7th-10th grade) students. They named themselves "Les Super Stars"and in an exercise in democracy they voted on their own leadership: a president, secretary and treasurer. We meet twice a week after school, once to learn about a health topic, the second to learn English. Each month will be a different health topic; this month it's hygiene. The English class is an incentive to come to the health class. If they don't show up for health on Monday, they cannot come to English on Wednesday. We've only had two weeks so for but everyone has shown up (though some follow "African time" which means they showed up over 30 minutes late. I made a rule that their attendance doesn't count if they do this. So according to my attendance book we have had people miss out, but not really)
I've also been working with a group of ten boys who call themselves "Funky Family" (yes, in English). They say they are a "promotion group", whatever that means. They're organizing a dance and they asked me to help me, promoting me to the "mama"of their group (which actually makes me feel old, because they're all 17-22 and I'm their mom!) I agreed to help as long as we could make it an HIV/AIDS theme. So I gave an AIDS talk to 9 of them which went really well and I invited whoever wanted to go with me to Kissidougou to get tested for HIV. Ten kids from "Funky Family" and "Les Super Stars" took me up on the offer. We biked to a health center in town where a 3rd year Peace Corps volunteer works. We were able to get them tested, get their results and get them back on the road to Gbangbadou in 2 hours. I was really surprised and pleased with how smoothly the whole thing went. And as I sat there watching these 10 kids awaiting their results I felt a surge of pride
Basically that's my life at the moment. I had my house "re-mudded" two days ago. My neighbor came over with some dirt, poured water in it, mixed it around until it was a soupy concoction. Then she took a straw broom and slapped the mud onto my outside walls until they and she were covered in the light brown mud. But my hut looks much more dignified than it had as a white hut...no one had a white hut! It's just absurd.
I leave for Dakar and WAIST (West African Invitational Softball Tournament) in a week, which I will definitely write a blog about. Feel free to write me, like, a real letter. My birthday came and went without a single card...Side note: Christmas and January 17 are not the same thing, just so everyone is on the page.