The World Malaria Day celebration last weekend just happened to be about 40k from Inharrime (my old site), so I got to go spend time with my girls and those wonderful sisters again, which is always fantastic. I spent a morning down at the school visiting English students from last year who are now in 12th grade, planning for their futures, and into things like Facebook. And my math students from my first year who used to be little kiddies and are now in 10th grade.
My REDES (Rapariga em Desenvolvimento, Educação e Saúde—Girls in Development, Education, and Health) girls are among these. I was talking to them because they earned a lot of money during the past two years with our earring making/selling income generation project. We had talked about getting something made for every member of the group, but I didn’t have time before I left last year. On this day they were throwing around the idea of getting hats made, since they already had a few t-shirts from other REDES events we had during the past two years. When I asked what they wanted on the hats they enthusiastically replied “a picture of you and then written ‘REDES of Inharrime!’” I laughed because they have said this multiple times before on different occasions. We threw around a few other ideas and I kept running different design ideas by them (the REDES logo, a picture of all of us, another design). They continued to responding that they wanted a picture of me on whatever they got. Eventually I told them to be serious, they couldn’t get my picture put on anything. To which one clever girl responded “but teacher Anata, you always teach us to stand up for ourselves and say what we want and you tell us that you will help us achieve our goals. Well, what we want is for your picture on our shirt and now you tell us we can’t do that.” I couldn’t argue with that one. So shortly there will be a bunch of t-shirts in Mozambique with my face on them…I don’t even want to know who will end up wearing some of them.
After World Malaria Day (WMD, as it is known in some circles) I headed up to Vilanculos to spend the weekend at the beach with some other PCVs. We had a great time, but the excitement of the weekend unfortunately coincided with me already getting sick, so I lost my voice Saturday-Tuesday. And losing your voice in Mozambique is WAY less fun than in America. Long story short: everyone thinks you’re super weird. I can see them all thinking “why is this weird white girl whispering at me.” I was actually told to “speak well” by one young girl and asked “why are you talking so strangely?” by another teenager. And on chapas I would have to ask my neighbor to call out my stops for me.
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: