"I'm sorry I fell asleep on you."
Trip Start Mar 04, 2007
20Trip End May 2009
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In December I went into the villages surrounding mine, in order to "aid" my counterpart
As I mentioned in my previous blog, a group of men in my site expressed interest in getting a local association started. And by golly they did. This development is a big step forward, they managed it themselves and got it done in a marvelously short period of time. I predict that this association will be active and a great asset to the community. I approached them with my first project (installing water into the sbitar) and they agreed to provide the community contribution via work. The project is hopefully going to be completed by mid-March.
As the association just started, I asked a few of the men what they wanted. They prioritized the installation of water, building of a barrage, and starting a women's weaving cooperative. For the 3rd priority, I set up a meeting between Rabha and some of the men in the association. Rabha is a woman who runs a weaving cooperative in a village near my site. She also happens to be the definition of "the bomb". She is very smart, motivated, and quite the looker.. A few weeks earlier, I had asked her to come down to talk to some of the women in my village regarding the cooperative, and she kindly agreed to do so as well. Flash forward, to the meeting- the men were adorable. They ooh'd and ahh'd over woven bags and handicrafts. Overall they were incredibly enthusiastic and excited, which is a good indicator that the cooperative will come to fruition. No matter how excited I may be about something (and it doesn't take much these days) unless the village is excited about it too, nothing will happen.
I'm bad at closings, so Happy 2008 and Vote Obama.