This  is how I remember September 11th. I went on a school field trip with my  teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the  field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make  tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news  on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I  kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the  screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life,  that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and  for the world. After we understood what was going on, my teachers and  friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I  had not felt so much love and concern before that moment. For me, this  picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like  to remember September 11th as this picture. 

Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl, Nicaragua - 2001

This is how I remember September 11th. I went on a school field trip with my teachers and students to the ruins of Old Leon, Nicaragua. After the field trip I was exhausted and hungry. I wanted to get home and make tuna casserole. However, my neighbors were adamant that I watch the news on their television. I acquiesced and found them watching a movie. I kept watching and watching, waiting for the credits to roll across the screen. They kept saying that this was real and happening in real life, that this was no movie, that this was a great tragedy in my country and for the world. After we understood what was going on, my teachers and friends came to my house to check on me and my family in the States. I had not felt so much love and concern before that moment. For me, this picture evokes those memories of concern, love, and friendship. I like to remember September 11th as this picture. 

Peace Corps Volunteer R Diehl, Nicaragua - 2001

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stompoutmalaria:

Called “ashwabi” in the local language of Pidgin from Cameroon, this fabric was made for the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps. The background lists every Peace Corps county in Africa, and across the “ashwabi” says “50 years” in each country’s official language.  Pretty cool!

It arrived at our 2nd Boot Camp via our two Cameroon attendees. Thanks guys!

50th Anniversary Cameroon Peace Corps Pidgin ashwabi reblog

thelifeguardlibrarian:

In 2008, 796 million adults worldwide (15 years and older) reported not being able to read and write and two-thirds of them (64%) were women (see Table 1). The global adult literacy rate was 83%, with a male literacy rate of 88% and a female literacy rate of 79%. More than half of those unable to read and write – 412 million – lived in Southern Asia. A further 176 million adults were in sub-Saharan Africa. Together, these two regions accounted for three-quarters (74%) of adults unable to read and write worldwide.
 
Learn more on UNESCO’s Literacy Factsheet.
h/t tumbledbookshelf!

thelifeguardlibrarian:

In 2008, 796 million adults worldwide (15 years and older) reported not being able to read and write and two-thirds of them (64%) were women (see Table 1). The global adult literacy rate was 83%, with a male literacy rate of 88% and a female literacy rate of 79%. More than half of those unable to read and write – 412 million – lived in Southern Asia. A further 176 million adults were in sub-Saharan Africa. Together, these two regions accounted for three-quarters (74%) of adults unable to read and write worldwide.

 

Learn more on UNESCO’s Literacy Factsheet.

h/t tumbledbookshelf!

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freshtodeathindo:

Peace Corps forces you to appreciate the simple things in life…

pizza hut + japanese gelato (mint, oreo, green macha) + tujungan plaza + sitting/flushing toilets + sleeping with A/C + hot shower + 3 fantastic friends = a successful 3rd annual 21st birthday. 

(PCVs Angela, Taylor, & Allison, bear hugz) 

happy 5 months, ID 2 (5) aka ID FLY! 

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