“I’m working with the NGO to help local communities understand and benefit from living in a Biosphere Reserve. The Biosphere Reserve designation allows the Ethiopian government to protect and raise awareness around the area, which contains some of the last remaining forests in the country and has become seriously threatened as the population grows.”

Peace Corps Volunteer Promotes Forest Conservation and Income Generation in Ethiopian Community

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Five Peace Corps Volunteers completed the first Tigray Trek in 2013 and educated nearly 530 community members in nine villages along the way. Their success and local community support led the Volunteers to organize this year’s trek, which has grown to include 15 additional runners and 12 additional volunteers to help lead educational sessions. 

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One afternoon, I walked into a restaurant near my school to grab some lunch by myself, but instead, I got invited to eat with three police officers! 

Total strangers, but in 15 minutes I knew everyone’s background story (where they worked before Leku, how many siblings they have, which towns they are originally from, etc.) and favorite foods. Not surprisingly, most of them said siga (meat – Ethiopians LOVE meat) and bursame, a Sidama Zone dish, made from the roots of the false banana tree.

They also found out where I am from, what I’m doing here in Ethiopia, which compound I live in - turns out one of them knows who my landlord is, and why I cannot have more than 2 cups of coffee a day. (Sleep would be extremely difficult to achieve, and for me saying ‘I love sleep’ is a huge understatement. Inkilf almat’am!)

This is after we ate a meat+soup dish called k’ilk’il and injera. And of course, we must finish lunch with a cup (or 2) of buna.

I don’t record these things on here enough, but almost every day something unexpected happens, and usually it turns out to be a pleasant twist. You meet someone at a buna bet who becomes your new good friend, or you get invited to eat at a teacher’s home because you saw her while walking on a different route than normal, etc. These moments and people truly humble you, and make you remember to take each day as it comes. Be present, wherever you are.

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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!
Shipping address:OhnSoon KimP.O. Box 64Leku, Sidama ZoneSNNPR, Ethiopia[no zipcodes]
Email: ohnsoonkim@gmail.com
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!

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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!

Shipping address:
OhnSoon Kim
P.O. Box 64
Leku, Sidama Zone
SNNPR, Ethiopia
[no zipcodes]

Email: ohnsoonkim@gmail.com

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!

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Some of the lessons we had during camp.

Others included: Life Tree (values and goals), Immune System education, Finger Painting Stories, Letter to Self, Decision Making, etc.

Also everyday after lunch, we had an hour of “camper time” where the campers got to choose from a variety of activities such as, volleyball, coloring, frisbee, origami, soccer, water color painting, friendship bracelet making (super popular with all campers), and taekwondo. 

Check out our daily schedule for all the lessons and activities we did.

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Peace Corps Trainee Lauren Mazza serves tea and speaks to local media about the work she’ll be doing in Africa and the experience of living with a host family during training and service in Butajira, Ethiopia. #Africa #Ethiopia #Butajira #PeaceCorps #latergram #tea #family

Peace Corps Trainee Lauren Mazza serves tea and speaks to local media about the work she’ll be doing in Africa and the experience of living with a host family during training and service in Butajira, Ethiopia. #Africa #Ethiopia #Butajira #PeaceCorps #latergram #tea #family

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[July 6 - 9, 2013]

DEMYSTIFICATION TRIP with G9 trainees!

Peer Support Network [PSN] members took the newly arrived G9 to various PCV sites to “demystify” them about Ethiopia and how PCVs work / live.

I took 5 lovely ladies of G9 to Bahir Dar first (a large and beautiful city) then to Woreta, Courtney’s town [G7] in Amhara region. (Inge [G6] and Caitlin [G8] also live in Woreta and joined us!)

In Bahir Dar, we visited Sarah’s English classroom, where she teaches 20+ OVCs [Orphans and Vulnerable Children] everyday. Her class was amazing to say the least! Sarah showed us some of her class routines, and later we all danced together. They prepared a buna ceremony for us as well, and we took in the aroma of buna roasting all morning.

After observing the class, we had lunch and headed to Woreta, where we spent 2 full days- exploring the town, the market, making family lunch, eating out, having tea/coffee breaks, sharing our various PCV life and work stories, as well as visiting Courtney’s home and schools, and meeting faculty members.  

On our last day, we went back to Bahir Dar and got to see their Camp G-GLOW in action!  I was so grateful that my G9 girls got to see a wide range of activities PCVs do at site.  And all the PCVs that were in Bahir Dar and Woreta were wonderful- answering questions, preparing things for our demyst group! We all got back safely to Addis on the 9th. One of my girls did get a bacteria infection at the last day, but I hope it was a helpful and fun experience for my group. It was definitely rewarding for me as their demyst group leader / PSN mentor.  

Now all of G9 are at Butajira, going through their Pre-Service Training. Best of luck to you all, and I can’t wait to see you again in September before you swear-in.

[THANK YOU SO MUCH: Courtney, Inge, Caitlin, Sarah, Aaron, Joel, Leah!!]

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