I need to start uploading more photos. So here is the dusty sunrise as seen from my schoolyard the other day. We are in the middle of the dry season now and it hasn’t rained in 6 weeks or so. This coupled with the dirt road beside our school means a lot of dust gets kicked up. Not good to breath but it sure does make for a nice early morning photo.
Si Said was a leather artisan with a business in the Marrakesh Souq and worked at the orphanage for boys handicapped with polio. He taught the boys how to make leather shoes and other leather projects and was committed to helping them find jobs so they could eventually support themselves. Si Said was a friend and co-worker who supported the Peace Corps mission and values.
"I think these photos sum up the Peace Corps Aquaculture Program, in that by teaching people how to raise fish they are able to provide themselves with a sustainable protein source that can increase health."
Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Chris Kelly, who served in Zambia from 2001-2003, helped his community build these fish ponds to help introduce more protein into their diets. The child holding the fish is most likely suffering from Kwashiorkor Syndrome, which is a severe protein malnutrition that affects children.
I took this photo on July 20th, 2008, in Concepcion del Sur, Santa Barbara, Honduras. This date marks the Dia de Lempira in Honduras, when the nation celebrates their cultural history and honors Chief Lempira, a Lencan warrior who unified hundreds of Honduran tribes in opposition against the Spanish conquerors. Many towns celebrate by holding a Day of Culture, where traditional food and dance are on display. This picture depicts a competition where school children used materials of local significance to make elaborate costumes. This girl is wearing naturally dyed corn husk jewelry, and carries a basket of a local variety of banana.
This marks the end of a long two weeks at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in DC. These Moroccan weavers pose in front of the rugs they just finished weaving and cut off the looms. Today Khadija, Fatima, and Peace Corps Volunteer Anna fly back to Morocco. Until soon, inchallah!