Oh this Crazy heat!

Trip Start Mar 11, 2007
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Trip End May 2009


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Monday, March 31, 2008

Asalam Alekum tout la monde!
I am literally living in a Sauna right now...I was sitting in my room playing kid dominoes with my two year old neice and I was wasting brain power thinking about how much hotter it would have to be if my room were really a sauna.  It's pushing 115F.  I wake up early now and try to get work done before the heat of the day really settles in at around 12:00 and then at around 6:00 it cools off a bit and you can move around again. I forgot what it was like.  Its times like this that I find it unfathomable that you are all in relativly cool places where snow, real, white, glorious flakes of solid water might even still be sleeping on the service of the earth. 
    I recently went to Dakar for Easter weekend to take care of a rather itchy skin infection I have going on again.  Most likely stress and heat related. Also there was a trash management confrence that I attended about one particular town in Joal-Fadiouth that has an amazing trash/composting project going on.  An middle-aged couple got it started and they are really doing wonders down there.  You all might be able to look information up on it on the internet, I don't have site on hand to give you but its really cool and I only wish I could get somthing like that going in my village.  But alas the craziness of Peace Corps is that no two villages are alike.  These past few months have been a real eye opener for me because I have had and needed ample time to discuss with other volunteers and in conversations alone with myself what exactly does development mean.  In learning about the Joal project and how it was created, there are many factors that went into making it a success: 1. the village has a tourism industry 2. The mayor and the Volunteers there met and the biggest problem sighted was the trash issue 3. The volunteers there have worked in and written policy on trash management in the states.  And so a perfect relationship formed to bring about this money making, environmentally-friendly, trash management project. My village is very different (much hotter too) and so this fabulous project cannot be replicated in entirely the same manor and I hate to say that my age has anything to do with it but I think it does.  However I will keep trying and my goals for my last year are:  I would love to have a composting componant to my trash project ...I invited two university students who are studying in Dakar who come from my village to the confrence with me and so my hope is that during this vacation they can help me explain and incorporate the composting into our trash project.  The university students are the future of Sengal and I feel that they are more than capable to deveope there own country...my one wish for them is for there to eventually be a study abroad progam available to them like we have in the states.
    My other goals are to create a fun children's garden, keep the EE club going which gives me lots of time to practice writing lesson plans for my future job as a teacher.  With the middle school teachers to start doing experiments in class rather than just lechturing. And keep the SeneGAD comittee going. 
    In the near future I have new volunteers comming and will be training them on my work here.  Tree Pepeneer day is the 15th and Earth Day is the 22nd hopefully face painting will be involved.  Then Perry comes in May!!!I can't wait to see family.

Ok love you all and if you go to my photo site I have uploaded new pics!

Send letters and pics and mix CDs

love Diarra
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lgarsonsmith
lgarsonsmith on

hi from Linda
The PTG will give me $50-75 for disposable cameras, film processing, and postage. I'll send the cameras to you and when the children have taken photos, you can mail them back to me in postage paid envelopes I'll enclose, I'll have the film developed, and mail the photos back to you. I'll have our students take photos with our digital cameras and I'll mail the pictures to you. What is the EE club? I am in awe of you and your work in Senegal. You are an inspiration to us all, Desneige! Love, Linda

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