We had In-Service Training the first two weeks of December and now my stage is off and running with great momentum! In-Service Training (IST) is a training program for each stage three months after swear-in and going to site. During those three months, we assess our sites by interviewing community members about general culture norms and basic needs of the community. I spent a lot of time at the hospital (CSPS) and the high school (lycee) and primary school. During IST, my counterpart (homologue) and I made our Plan d'Action for establishing a library at the lycee! And, with the help of family and friends of a previous volunteer, we will be working very closely with Friends of African Village Libraries (FAVL), an organization based in Ouaga that helps start libraries in rural villages. I could not be more excited to get this project started, so immediately after IST I made a few phone calls, met a few other volunteers and now we have meetings set up to see how we can approach our first steps. I am also eagerly awaiting the first meeting with the other regional coordinators for STOMP Out Malaria. We will be discussing what projects we can do in our villages and regions to reduce and one day eliminate malaria from Africa. I am very excited to get projects started with STOMP because I have seen first-hand just how dangerous malaria can be.
I wish you all Happy Holidays and may the New Year bring you good fortune and happiness. I will be celebrating with a few other volunteers, but it really will not be the same without snow. Build a few snowpeople for me and eat as much good food as you can. We are cooking up our own feast this week!
Puusgo! Life's adventures are not just what you make them, but how you tell their stories. This is my attempt. For the next two years, I'll be a Non-Formal Education Volunteer in Burkina Faso, Africa for the Peace Corps. Between tutoring girls and boys in math and science, giving presentations on HIV/AIDS, hygiene, and malaria, and talking to parents about the importance of education, I want all my friends and family to be a part of my greatest adventure yet!
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