|G6 MSC... preparing for Capture the Flag.|
I can’t believe how long it’s been since I've written last; I know I’m pretty bad on keeping up, but this is an all-time low! So much to say, I don’t even know where to start!
I guess at the beginning. Life has been a roller-coaster ride of emotions, work, struggles, and frustrations. The day that I looked on line and saw that my Peace Corps Project funding was full was one of the best on my service so far; a couple weeks later when I walked into the education office to discuss implementation only to find out that EVERYONE I had worked on this proposal with had left for other jobs or school and when I asked the head of the office when we could start, he replied with, “and who are you?” was one of the worst days in my service. But, what goes up must come down, or I guess vice-versa in this case, and the project (after re-assessing everything, compiling a new budget, and starting from scratch with these new partners) moved forward.
|The location given to us for our Environmental Club|
|The beginnings of our project... why it had to be so BIG is beyond me, but I was told that's just the way it's done here...|
A little pause from the project, our Mid-Service Conference was great and just the break we all needed. With only 18 of us in our group, we are probably more close-knit that other incoming groups and as a result, we get along. On the one side, we spent the week grafting and pruning trees, talking about our projects, and discussing ideas and advice; on the other, we played sardines, capture the flag, did a gift swap and even voted on “superlatives” for each other (I won the coveted "most likely to be an extra in Harry Potter", and "most likely to become a crazy pony lady"... I think I can live with both of those.).
|Learning 'budding' technique on Avocado trees|
|It was a crowded kitchen.|
Back to Addis, had a great VAC meeting, and was asked to head down to the town of Assela for a few days and give a presentation on the world map project to the new PC trainee group.
|Presentation on Peace Corps "World Map Project"|
The project continues, and soon we will be starting on our mini gardens and tree nursery with the students- then the real fun begins! In other big news, I just got the go-ahead to commence project “rebuild the irrigation system” at the tree nursery site! With two projects underway, Christmas and New Year’s, some traveling planning in January with my brother, an all-volunteer conference and a trip to India planned for March, It’s going to be a busy few months!
|Kept it simple and planted squash, cantaloupe, and egg plants in the garden- out of the three, squash apparently love Ethiopia..|
|Squash dominating my garden|