Thursday, March 27, 2008

New Baby and A CAT!

I had a great week in the village, we had a kwamiso, did some baby weighings, did a new mural on vaccinations, I played soccer with the 16 and under boys and then my older guys had a game against another volunteers village and we won 3-1. They want to play the Nassaras, so we're trying to get a good team of volunteers together to play against the guys in a tournament that we're going to have between all of our villages. I'm excited. Friday and Saturday I'm reffing in a young girls tournament that a couple of volunteers are having, I'll try to take pictures and stuff. I'm spending the month of April at post (in sha allah) so I will hopefully have time to write you a long letter about everything. I have my camera at post so I'll take pictures there as well. My mom in the vill had a baby girl, her name is Kadeja, she's cute. I'm happy to have a little baby in the family. I also got a cat his name is Razak and I don't really like him but oh well. It's my 8 month anniversary in Niger today, crazy how time goes so fast!!

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

cow cart between serkin Hausa and Dan Sara

Sommer and Kate on cow cart

Sommer and Kate on cow cart, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

Sommer and Will painting mural

village boys in front of mural

Paiza, afraid of camera

Paiza, afraid of camera, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

doctors office

doctors office, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

women in line for food

women in line for food, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

baby weighing

baby weighing, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

doctor at the food distribution

baby measuring

baby measuring, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

cute kids

cute kids, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

women in cart going to market

women in cart going to market, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.


Ali, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

Fulan Celebration

celebration close up, originally uploaded by eecmichelle.

face on pretty beads and outfits


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July 27, 2007-1st letter home

I just got to Africa today and its very different. It doesn't feel like I'm across the ocean or on another continent, more like the begining of camp. We met some PCV's that have been here for a year andthy are all happy & love being here.
We are all staying at the Peace Corps camp tonight & tomorrow night and then Sunday we move in with our adoptive families who we'll be living with for all 3 months of training.
I don't know how much I'll like the training, but I'm excited to be sworn in and move to my village.
There are 3 groups of volunteers; the ed, municipal and health.
I'm sleeping under a mosquito net outside right now & its not too hot. We have showers & flush toilets here but won't when we move on Sunday.
We passed a bunch of villages on our way to Hamdallay for training & there are tons of cute little babies, so I'm really excited to get language over so we can actually do our jobs.
Some things I could use that I didn't bring are
coloring books, Chaco sandals
colored pencils/sharpeners
soccer balls
a head lamp
Some earings w/studs (b/c I found out we can wear them)
rubber bands-caus I lose them a lot

Traditional Costumes

Traditional Costumes
Our Adoptive mom dressed us

Me and Erin

Me and Kellie at Training facility

Pond that forms during Rainy Season

The Village