Greetings to everyone. All is well here in Fana Fana territory. I am writing this blog to let you know how much I officially feel like a Peace Corps volunteer and am HAPPY at the same time! I know you all will feel my energy in this one, because it's just about to burst out of me, along with rice and cous... because I have been consuming in them unreal amounts - HAH!
|did i tell you i got purple WEAVE??|
|even my 5-year old daughter can farm! awww she's cute.|
|seeeeeds! oh how i worship the moringa...|
|measuring for seed placement. such hard workers!|
|my brother sowing corn in Senegal (it's only 1k from my village)|
|a rain dance! i didn't think they really existed - hah!|
|20 of The Gambia's most beautiful, inspired, and inspiring young women (oh yeah, and 3 PCV's!)|
|Waist beads that MOST every Gambian woman wears (i'll explain later, remind me.. eh?)|
|Beads, Beads, everywhere! I love camp.|
It made me realize how much I love working at camps and being around the youth of this beautiful world. Education is sustainable. These girls will never forget this experience. Some of them have NEVER been out of their regions of the country. Some of them have NEVER spoken out about issues such as careers, gender-roles, sex, marriage, etc etc... THIS IS AN AMAZING OPPORTUNITY FOR THESE GIRLS! I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity. Of course, they were all kinds of shy in the beginning... but I had to change that IMMEDIATELY; I made them all get up and dance haha! Even the American Ambassador came out for the opening ceremony, and her words of advice were this "IT IS NOT OKAY TO JUST BE A HOUSEWIFE!" and she even pointed a definitive finger at the girls. By the way she used to be a Peace Corps volunteer and helped to fund this camp (so awesome)!
I wanted to let you all know that I am busy, I'm happy, frustrated at times, but I'm being a Peace Corps volunteer - we all go on this roller-coaster ride of emotions. I'm doing what I always knew I would... helping to educate, motivate, laugh, dance, learn, and make an impact on those who I am surrounded by. Thank you to all of you who motivated me to do the Peace Corps. Mangi ci kowam, ndanka ndanka (I'm on the work, slowly slowly).
|The community health nurse and I working in the garden!|
So, just a reminder that I LOVE snail mail. My address is right over -------> thurr. Write me some darn mail, don't be lazy.
You all inspire me. Peace & Love.