All the health volunteers from my stage at our COS dinner. We are clean here, but most of the time we are the rawest, dirtiest volunteers because we live so remotely.
Me on a camel at my friend's going away party in he village.
I was in Niamey for the Fistula Campaign any my friend's band was playing so me and another PCV sang backup for her, so fun!
This was at the hospital in Niamey, and I'm here doing translations, you can't see the doctor but thy are standing up behind me, and we are explaining to them how to take their pain medications.
I also forgot to mention that I did a malnutrition prevention campaign in my village where I worked with an NGO and we taught the women how to improve their porridges and foods so as to provide more vitamins and protein that would help prevent malnutrition. I did this for a couple of months time and it went pretty well.
This is the family of another woman who I go visit and talk with often. Her name is Miriama, and she is by far the best cook in the village. Here is a pic of Noah with her (on his left) and her family.
The famous Telatu. A handful a lot of times, she helps me tremendously with things. She is constantly updating me on village events and making sure I am clued in on village activities. Her along with a bunch of other girls her age come over every night after she and I eat dinner and we play cards. They are a riot.
One of my friends in the village named Dan Musa is a big jokester. He is sitting in the middle to the left of me with a kid in his lap. When I first came to the village he told me I needed to gain 100 kilos! He said I was way too skinny. Thanks to him and all of my villagers actually I did gain weight.... :)
The best part of my day is around 5PM when I have tea with these guys. They are so incredibly nice to me and very patient. I feel like I can really be myself around them. My two closest friends are N'fu (on the mat in the light blue) and Ma'azu (to his left in the white).
The second, and final, room to my hut. Also my kitchen. Home sweet home!
Well that's all folks! Hope all is well with everybody.
Some pics of the training site that we decorated right before the trainees came.
Pic of the Volunteer trainers and the Training Staff
Trainers waiting for trainees at the airport and next pic is trainees just arriving!
Us showing the new trainees the prenatal consultation process at the local clinic at the training site
Laura and I doing our live radio show!
The Pangea set. This was one of the bands that played during the week. There was one band called "Chibia" which means bellybutton in Hausa. I thought that was pretty funny.
So these are some of the young girls performing spoken word. It was really great because they got incredibly into it. I recorded some of the performances and put together a radio show on it in Zinder so their voices were heard over the airwaves! Too bad they couldn't hear the show though because they are in Niamey...
This is the massive crowd that showed up. There was a lot of support for this event.
Here we are giving the girls certificates for completing the intensive weekend and for giving such stellar performances.
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Peace Corps. Africa. Niger specifically. Working with women, children, healthcare. Need I say more?