A big house on a hill, filing, and beggars

Trip Start Jan 07, 2005
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Trip End Feb 15, 2005


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Thursday, January 6, 2005

So here I am in Cincinnati, OH. Been doing some pretty serious administrative work for the past two days. Not oh so much fun, but it needs to be done. I know it is important to keep in mind what all the grunt work is for. There definitly is an art to staying selfless in the doing of menial tasks for great organizations. The wisdom of the intern.
This house is great. Vic, the president of SOTENI International, is not only a doctor and head of this whole thing, but she is the mother of four sons, all around my age, who have been in and out the entire time I've been here. Everyone is really helpful, both in chores and in the functioning of SOTENI, which is great to see. We have enough trouble getting people to do chores at home, not to mention help with an international nonprofit!
Last night we went out on the town, oh the great town of Cincinnati. Went to a coffee shop, which was cute. Apparently it was in the not so great part of town, by that meaning while we were waiting for the rest of our group (I got to meet a lot of Lawson's, known here as Reed's, brother Stu's friends- yes, for those of you who know, it was also weird being around someone else named Stu.) a couple black guys came up to us and asked for money- one guy offered to hold an umbrella for us while we walked in return for some spare change. We didn't take him up on it, but I thought it was a clever idea.
I've been around people begging before- New York, Chicago, Detroit, but it still makes me uncomfortable. I always want to help, but know it is not the best way, but then I always want to talk to them, treat them like people instead of just walking past, but I have yet to actually do this.
Vic told me that there will be lots of people begging in Kenya, which i can believe. Two more days, well one more full day and then we fly.
Gina is great (the girl I'm going with,) she is from Modesto, CA and always thinks it's cold here, even though it has been over 50 degrees and raining the entire time we've been here. She is really funny. There's another Bennington intern, April Summers, who will be staying in Cincinnati- she's a total sweetie. She lives in my house at school.
Alright, I should be going. I still have stuff I am supposed to read for tomorrow (we are preparing to write a baseline survey to assess the needs within the villages we will be visiting.) We're all getting up at 7 to start work by 7:30 am tomorrow- it's true that we did get a really late start this morning, me and Gina didn't get to bed until 3:30am- we just got to gabbing. Anyhoo, I'm not sure if I should end this with a goodbye and hope you all are well, or if you just end with the end of the information.
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