Apologies, I have been on the road to a fantastic malaria training (I will post a description) and on top of that I am extremely busy! Here are some pictures to make up for my lack of writing.
Let's call this Mozambican sledding. The kids cut old broken containers (the yellow thing is a 25 liter container that everyone here uses for collecting, carrying, and storing water), attach ropes as as such, and pull each other down hills. As you might imagine, this makes a terrible racket. I wish they could just once experience how fun sledding is when one person doesn't have to pull the other other rocks and holes.
This Peace Corps promotional poster hangs in our office in Maputo. The sentiment of the poster is good--I hope it reached some people back in the states. Over here, however, all of us education PCVs get a good laugh out of it. If you're a teacher you may have noticed it already too. Check out the middle kid--he's totally cheating.
Contrary to what I thought before joining Peace Corps, my service has not included a lot of sitting in my hut trying to pass the time. I am extremely busy this year with what is basically an administrative job. I was extremely busy the last two years teaching a normal teaching load and managing all my extra-curricular clubs as well. However, PCVs still end up with time we didn't have in the states: inside our houses at sundown, waiting for the water to boil for our baths, waiting to fill every container we have when the water only comes out every few days. So during these times we pick up some fun new hobbies. Micah, another PCV, made this woman and her large mortar and pestel, I made her clothing.
My name is Scooter Anata Walsh and I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mozambique from '09-'12. I arrived in September '09 as a chemistry teacher in the education sector. I taught 8th grade math my first year and 11th grade English my second year, and facilitated multiple youth development groups. During my second year I was also the National Financial Director of REDES, a girls' empowerment group. During my third year extension (2012) I was the Malaria Activities Coordinator for Peace Corps in Mozambique, as part of the Peace Corps initiative Stomping Out Malaria in Africa. From January-April 2013 I will be working in Swaziland.
the trend where you paint one nail a different color than the other fingers
call me maybe
the whatshouldwecallme phenomenon
the "hey girl" phenomenon
groupon and rue la la
the greek yogurt craze
the weird barcode thing in magazines that your smartphone can read
4G and Android ( i dont actually know what either of these mean)
Muammar Gaddafi and Osama bin Ladin were alive
Facebook "checking in"
Oprah was still on tv
the ipad, ipad2, and ipad3
Maroon 5 is back?
multi-trillion dollar deficit
AA credit rating
where you can @someone on Facebook
the Democrats had a majority in congress
the Washington Monument wasn't cracked
B.o.B, Taio Cruz, Mike Posner
the new design on the back of the penny
Icing (or something, with Smirnof)
The Jersey Shore
the Tea Party movement
Stomping Out Malaria in Africa
The Stomping Out Malaria in Africa initiative is a new partnership between Peace Corps and the President's Malaria Initiative (PMI). Currently 23 countries are part of this continent-wide concerted effort to stomp out malaria!
Check out the following sites to follow malaria prevention activities going on across Africa and in Mozambique:
Friends of Inharrime
This is the website to support the mission where I lived and worked during my first two years: