Volunteers in the Tamba region of Senegal took the fight against malaria on the road, biking to nine villages with messages about preventing and treating malaria. Knowing that some volunteers bring a variety of surprising talents to country with them, they decided to make the project as inclusive as possible. A “tam-tam” drum, used to get everyone’s attention and bring the villagers to a centralized location, opened each event. The volunteers introduced malaria concepts with skits, then asked a community health worker to do a health talk about malaria and to answer questions from the villagers. Finally, the volunteers demonstrated how to make neem lotion, a natural mosquito repellent made from cheap, readily available ingredients and the leaves of the neem tree.
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!
A few weeks ago Sara and I had the privilege to work with Jillian at her special needs camp. It was a week long camp with activities from arts and crafts to water games and even teaching children to brush their teeth after eating. Although it was a challenging camp, it was so rewarding to see the children’s smiling faces.
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.
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!