Spring cleaning and some darn good feelings

Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
Trip End May 2009

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Friday, July 20, 2007

Woy! That's like saying "ha ha wow life is funny" all in one word.  Usually it is put at the beginning or the end of a sentence or the sentence is a "Woy"sandwich.  As you can tell perhaps, today is a very good day for me.  In fact the past three days have been awsome;  I think it all started when I decided to clearn my room and I mean the big grand cleaning where I stripped off the hidious plastic flooring and sweeped the nasty sand and bug homes out the door.  Oh it felt so good and my fave sister (who also braided my hair-yes its true I have fake hair and braids and my head is cooler yes but oh so itchy-think dreads but neater ones) was nice enough to help me the whole way through.  Before this cleaning, I felt a little off each day because I really didnt like my room; the fact of the matter is that being a third volunteer, dont get me wrong, you get all the perks of having furniture and chairs already but you didnt get to choose them and so your room is a mixed up jumble of previous volunteer memories for your family and sometimes they dont like it when you change things up, however it was highly nesisary for me to make my room a little more homey and its amazing how changing it makes me feel a little more comfortable and excited to be here. 
These past few days have been great.  My best buddy, (who by the way I really want to help apply for colleges in the states so if anyone has any thoughts on how to get him a full ride that would be awesome- he taught himself English and recently just got first in his whole school and he gives me such hope for the future of Senegal) has been helping me with my community entry research and I recently just completed a map of my town.  Two evenings during the most beautiful part of the day I toured my village and got to draw again.  Also I have hopes of training some of the teenagers here in how to do surveys and hopefully while not only teaching them some valuble tools Ill get a clearer picture of what my village actually needs or what its own capacities for helping other villages are; Im sapose to be their last volunteer...its kind of a sobering thought...
Also sobering is that five out of the 43 people I came here with have had to early terminate.  Its such a hard thing to decide to do and whats even worse is when you have to.  For some reason I thought we'd all make though together but life and other peoples lives in your life happens. Its crazy to even think about going home at this point, Sengal is well, what I mean to say is that when I do go home in two years wont it be weird to think about leaving here, will I get to that point or will I be totally ready to go home? This is my life right now, so different from what Ive ever known I mean we cook on an open fire here and it takes five hours to clean your clothes by hand, sand boxes for kids in the states-sand is everywhere here.  I really like it though, the thought that this world has so many pockets of different groups of people having their own way of living and intereacting with thier environment, and then there is globalization, a silver thread that is slowly weaving its way through us all...a double-edged needle?- Im corny I know- oh what I wouldnt give for corn on the cob...I tried to explain it to someone the other day...they just laughed.

love Desneige
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lindagarson on

Hello from Belfast, Maine
Hi Desneige. I love following your Senegal experiences!
Today in the Bangor Daily News, there's an editorial about the fact that it costs a mere $10 to buy mosquito netting that could help prevent two people from contracting malaria.
Your work in Senegal is not only changing your life, but also the lives of the people in your village. How impressive that your friend taught himself English! I've just finished taking Methods of Teaching English as a Second Language and have been thinking about how hard it is to put myself in the shoes of someone who is learning English.
The dancing and drumming sound fabulous. Love to you! Linda Garson Smith

karinclough on

Home for a bit
Hi Desneige,
I love reading about your life in Senegal. We are home in Maine for a few weeks, and returning to Mombasa on August 19. It is lovely and strange to be here. We feel like we are living dual and parallel lives. All seems very prosperous here, but also so safe, clean and open.

We love Mombasa, and Kenya and wish you were closer. July is rainy and chilly here and the Atlantic is freezing compared to the Indian.

Lots of love and best wishes,
Karin Kurt Luke Finn and Sofia

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