Archive for March, 2006

take THAT to the bank

Posted by clare on March 28th, 2006

Today Mariah and I managed, in under seven hours, to help my village’s women’s group not only register as an official groupement but also open a bank account and make their first deposit. Since this involved visits to three large bureaucracies, we were fully prepared to be bounced between ten different people, none of whom […]

index, month 16

Posted by clare on March 26th, 2006

Dump-truck-loads of dirt delivered to galle: 12 Approximate number of cement blocks made so far: 2,500 Days before the rubber ball I gave to the little village kids popped: 3 Days before the soccer ball I gave to the big village kids no longer held air: 12 Approximate radius of sheep snot (from simultaneous sneeze/head […]

well shave my head and call me toubab!

Posted by clare on March 21st, 2006

My adventure last week was a trip to Fatu’s husband’s village for Mahamadou’s pembugol. or naming ceremony. For most kids this occurs a week after their birth—Madamadou’s was delayed for over two years while the family waited for his father, who is working abroad in Gabon, to send money for the festivities. I went along […]

field trip

Posted by clare on March 11th, 2006

In an unwitting observance of International Women’s Day, on Wednesday I took two of my village women, Hawa Soh and Pinda Jallo, to Cory and Josh’s site to see their village’s garden. My idea was for them to bring back inspiring tales and momentum for our village’s own gardening plans. We left around 7am to […]