Dora helps Modeste complete his homework.
Leku Book Project Update!
Family, friends, and followers,
First, Happy Holidays! I hope you’re all healthy and warm this winter. Second, THANK YOU SO MUCH for those who have already sent us books! I am so grateful for every single contribution / book you have ordered for us. I don’t mean to be so cheesy, but you are truly changing these students’ lives over here!
Here are some stats / information for you all:
How many books have been donated so far to Leku Primary School?
My students and I have received 78 book donations so far!! [Updated Jan. 5, 2014] This is incredible to say the least, I am so humbled and touched by your contributions, THANK YOU AGAIN.
How are these books going to be used exactly?
Every day students come to my classroom during their break time to read, so we will use your donated books to have read alouds, reader’s theater, and free reading time, to increase the literacy rate in Leku, as well as build students’ love for reading. Also, any time I have a club meeting (Girls club, English club, HIV/AIDS + Grassroot Soccer club), students who come in early get to sit down and read your books!
What is your goal [# of books donated] to the school / students?
I would love to boast 120 children’s story books donated for my students and school, but of course the 78 that we already will be receiving is 78 more than they will ever have access to!
How can I help you reach your goal of 120 books?
Through betterworldbooks.com, you can send us a used book (or as many as you wish) to my town with no additional shipping costs! Yes, FREE SHIPPING! And many books cost as little as $5. After you ordered the book(s), please email me which ones you sent, as well as your mailing address for thank you cards!
P.O. Box 64
Leku, Sidama Zone
Book Wish List / Suggested List [Please send us any of your favorite children’s books, even if it is not on the list!]
Should I donate a book as a Christmas present to OhnSoon?
YES YES YES. I promise it would make me and my students happier than any other gift you would want to send me. And don’t worry about Christmas being only a few days away, Ethiopian Christmas is not until January 7th!
I already donated, what else can I do?
First of all, you are an AMAZING human being! Secondly, please wait for thank you cards and pictures from my students. And lastly, spread the word! Email, facebook, twitter, tumblr, hand-written notes, whichever way you like :)I am in a giving mood, can I contribute to something else?
Check out all the other Peace Corps Volunteers in Ethiopia who are receiving BetterWorldBooks for their communities![Awesome charts, graphs, data about us here, made by our own PCV Carlin: http://americaninethiopia.blogspot.com/2013/12/peace-corps-ethiopia-literacy-projects.html] And if you would like to send another volunteer a book, let me know and I can give you their address.
Thank you again for all your support, please know that these students and I are SO EXCITED for every single book that will come to Leku!
This photo was taken in May 2013 in Madagascar. It shows Germaine, a member of the local women’s gardening association with her basket of produce. SPA funds were used to support the project which included purchasing tools and seeds, as well as an eight-week class on improved agricultural techniques. Germaine was so successful she not only had enough for her family but enough left over to sell too!
- Peace Corps Agriculture Volunteer Kara Leavitt
It’s finally here! Check out the WORLD PREMIERE of PEACE CORPS DIGS!
Elements of the story are pulled from a number of my experiences in Madagascar as a Peace Corps Volunteer and from my own childhood. I want to give children in Madagascar the opportunity to engage with a character that they find courageous, spirited and curious as she learns about malaria.
Peace Corps Volunteers Raegan and Patrick Spencer are educating schoolchildren in Madagascar about the causes and dangers of malaria and disease prevention through storytelling. The couple wrote, illustrated and published The Story of Soa and the Moka, a 40-page children’s book, along with an accompanying classroom curriculum that will be distributed throughout communities across Madagascar.
Tune in on February 6th to get a unique glimpse in to the home of a Peace Corps Volunteer in Zambia!
I woke up this morning at the normal time to which I allow myself to sleep when I don’t have to teach in the morning, around 8 a.m.
By this time, all the students are already at school, which means, for a few moments, my neighborhood is relatively quiet.
This morning, though, as I was in my kitchen heating up water for tea, I heard people outside my neighbor’s house. She’s a nice lady and makes her living usually by being a tailor. In the past few months, she’s also started selling the local moonshine out of her house. For 100 CFA, men come by, take a shot of sodabe and then ride off on their motorcycles, rarely staying more than 5 minutes. One of my favorite nighttime activities is to sit on my front porch and watch how many of the men who stop by I recognize, either as colleagues or the father of one of my students.
When I came back from vacation three days ago, a small hut with benches and tables had been erected outside her house, I guessed in an effort to expand her business, at least expand it out of her living room. And business has expanded, the area outside my front door becoming less like a front porch and more like the street outside a bar, but besides moto horns and loud voices, there haven’t been any real complaints.
And so, this morning, as I sipped my Harney & Son’s Tower of London tea, I silently toasted the men taking shots of sodabe next door at 8:30 in the morning.
The Peace Corps is excited to be a partner of Saving Mothers, Giving Life. We are particularly proud of the contributions Peace Corps Volunteers have made at the community level to promote the importance of essential maternal health services, and we are thrilled to continue our collaboration to aggressively reduce maternal mortality. - Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
Saving Mothers’ first Annual Report, Making Pregnancy and Childbirth Safe in Uganda and Zambia, demonstrates rapid progress towards reducing maternal mortality ratios in eight pilot districts.
In Uganda districts, the maternal mortality ratio has declined by 30%, while in facilities in Zambia, the maternal mortality ratio has decreased by 35%. The Report showcases the activities that have helped contribute to these gains, including:
In Kenya’s rural communities the word “single” before mother turns something cherished into a burden. Most single mothers struggle to earn money, live far below the poverty line, and are often treated as pariahs in their communities. Despite these significant challenges, providing and caring for their children is their top priority. Peace Corps Volunteer, Teneasha Pierson, shares her thoughts after leading a malaria prevention training with the Elewana Education Project in Western Kenya.
Peace Corps Volunteer Emily McKeone is working with her community members and local school teachers to bring safe, clean drinking water to three schools in Zambia to improve students’ health and boost school attendance. People in the communities currently travel long distances to get water that frequently comes from unprotected sources like local streams, which often leads to water-borne illnesses and sanitation concerns at school facilities.
By constructing borehole wells, the community’s water sources will be protected from contaminants and safe to drink. The additional water supply will also support school construction projects and enable students and teachers to plant gardens and orchards. The resulting produce will help raise money to maintain the boreholes.
“School attendance by students and teachers will improve from enhanced sanitation and clean drinking water,” said McKeone, who is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has been living and working in Zambia since July 2012. “The schools currently have construction projects that have been delayed due to a lack of water, preventing completion of much needed classrooms, and these boreholes will allow for the completion of those projects.”