The Conejo Pintado.
It’s cute… and also my dinner tonight.
I am a woman.
I am strong.
I will be educated.
I will be heard.
I will lead.
I will make my presence felt.
I am the author of my own fate.
I deserve respect.
Turning awareness into action, and hoping to create a lasting message about gender equity in her community, a Peace Corps Volunteer used a screening to recruit volunteers to paint a community mural to celebrate International Women’s Day and in support of gender equity in Nepal. The Dhaulagiri Prabidhik Shikshya Pratishthan (a technical medical school in Baglung Bazar) donated their street facing wall for the mural and on it was painted an image of a Nepali woman with Nepali text translated above.
Comment: iamsidibe said “Photo of a photo taken at my mother’s Peace Corps host village in Senegal. My mother lived in Senegal for four years where she built a school, dug wells, planted trees, and well, made me. Earlier this year, I visited her village family and they showed me this picture. Life had come full circle.
#tbt #senegal #babel #peacecorps #villagelife #henna #impact #touch #memories #myheartisinafrica”
I have been working with these kids for about a year, they came in barely knowing how to strum, some not even that. Nowadays, they pick up songs and rhythmic patters in a heartbeat. They are some of the most rewarding kids I have had the privilege to work with. Yet, they have no idea how big of an impact they have on my life.
No one knows better than Peace Corps Volunteers that long-held norms and beliefs about gender can constrain female students, women’s cooperative members or female farmers – not to mention wives and mothers – from participating fully in their country’s development. In spite of the fact that women and girls are an important part of development, challenges to realizing gender equality remain 39 years after the United Nations proclaimed International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8, 1975, and which we celebrate this Saturday. Every day Volunteers are inspired by their female community members as they take small steps to get their fair share of education, information and decision-making.
I’d like to say that I am usually a more inventive cook, pero me da pena cocinar in my family’s kitchen as I feel I’m in the way half of the time, so I try to keep my meals under 20 minutes.
Above you see peanut noodles. Cooked some pasta — AL DENTE (Fun Food Fact: Dominicans cook pasta for a good 30-45 minutes until its disgustingly mushy). Steamed veggies on top of pasta pot using a colander. Tossed everything together with some peanut butter, teriyaki sauce, and some hot sauce. For something so simple this is delicious.
Easiest meal yet. I took some of the white rice my family makes daily and stir fried it with some soy sauce, broccoli, and egg. (Another Fun Food Fact: Most Dominican families will make the same lunch daily which they refer to as la badera — this consists of rice, beans, and some type of protein, usually chicken)
Probably the healthiest meal I have made and everything came from the colmado for under 130 pesos which equals to about $3 USD. (Fun Food Fact: Most families I have spoken to shop solely in local colmados and not in the bigger supermarkets that exist in Jarabacoa. Colamados are probably best compared to bodegas. They carry all of the staples like rice, beans, salami, junk food, and lots of alcohol. Some will have veggies available.) I mixed a can of tuna, tomato, avocado, cucumber, and carrot with some lime juice, salt, and pepper.
So there you have it! Maria inventando in the DR.
February 24 - March 1, 2014 is Peace Corps Week and we are celebrating by highlighting EGPAFâs amazing work with U.S. Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) in Mozambique.
In honor of Peace Corps Week, check out 5 ways Peace Corps Volunteers help Feed the Future!
“Peace Corps Week is about sharing the Volunteer experience and the incredible cultural exchange that results from Peace Corps service. I encourage both current and returned volunteers to participate in Peace Corps Week to share the world with their local communities and bring Peace Corps service to life.” - Acting Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet
HAPPY PEACE CORPS WEEK 2014!!
Happy International Mother Language Day! How are YOU celebrating linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism?
From Acholi to isiZulu, our immersive language training covers 159 local languages. Sadly, we only cover muggles at this time.
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!