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Published: November 20th 2012
It's been 3 months since I've gotten to site and I already feel more than comfortable at home. I got a puppy a couple weeks after getting there, and he helped me get through two of the roughest months one can face as a Volunteer. Unfortuntately, my dear Bruno passed away last week. Along with each puppy from his litter and several dogs in my neighborhood, he contracted some sort of parasite the veterinarian could not get rid of. With in the same week, a new family moved into my courtyard, a nurse at the CSPS with 3 children all under 10. I couldn't be happier to have such a wonderful family to share my evenings with. I also work with the nurse at the CSPS, which makes feeling comfortable there all that much easier. Thanksgiving is in a couple of days and lately I have been having dreams about turkey and mashed potatoes. I think it might be from taking the anti-malaria medications, but I always seem to wake up so hungry. Luckily, In-Service Training in Ouaga for my stage is in a couple of weeks so I can try to find as much American Thanksgiving food then and celebrate with other volunteers. I met last week with the English teachers at my high school to talk about starting an English Club. I am very thankful that they are so motivated to get this going, which means they will be that much more dedicated to keep it going after I leave. Sustainability at its finest! We are also still doing a lot of research on how to get a library started for the community. It is a lot of work just trying to explain that planning and raising funds takes a very long time, but I hope with the help of other volunteers and the PC Adminitrastion we can get the ball rolling and have as many community members involved. In other news, I am now the Regional Coordinator for Stomp Out Malaria - a program throughout Africa to reduce and one day eliminate malaria from this continent. After having a near-death experience with my 3-year-old host brother during stage due to malaria, I made it a personal goal to do as much work with this foundation as possible. I'll be sure to keep you all updated on the events and programs we do here in Burkina, but if you would like more information, be sure to check it out online. I finally started tutoring at my primary school, after waiting several weeks for the administration to get organized. Yesterday, I taught the Hand Washing Song to 45 CM1 (about 5th grade) students. They all loved it, so I hope to continue fun activities like that to keep them engaged in school. I hope everyone enjoys the upcoming holiday, and be sure to eat double for me!
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