Sunday, December 9, 2012

Good trying to slow down on my village life, still......

As suggestions from all over to have slow down my activities in village, but I found all sorts of reasons to watch ponds or visit officers with no ends.......and I even missed one embroidery group's meeting in my insaka on Monday 16:00......"Sorry, but I will make it up for sure....." I will buy the carbon paper for them to trace patterns when I go to Mansa this weekend.....
Tuesday I was told by my counterpart that we had to drop monitoring of ponds and to go for a workshop in the Primary School that CARITAS funded "Hand Wash Workshop" and facilitated by DAPP officer.  Yes, I would like to go, for I was pushing hand wash water system since I was in Yasakwa, that worked there, but in Makasa it had not been moving anywhere.......I took the chance to introduce Peace Corps and my pictures to show hand wash has worked in Yasakwa..... 
In classroom talked for an hour....... 
Actual making of tippy top instillation......
It worked, just as sample....... 
That night rain came down hard and the next morning all villagers were on their fields, men, women, with or without little babies on their back....... 
 
 
Thursday, I went to Mansa as planed.....just catch up with one of Chinese Mobile Doctors' birthday dinner..... 
What a treat of food and friendship..... 
Friday I was only to say "Hi" to PLARD officers and run to Dept. of Education to seek helps for the Lukali school that I was trying to help building it before my taxi accident......but PLARD had the "Baseline Report workshop" and invited me to attend.  I went with all officers and found Peace Corps was invited and PCV, Jerrica was there, too....... 
I didn't think I could have had any sound contribution, but it was a great eye opener for me to know more of what PLARD's projects and programs......Truly appreciated for the chance.  End of workshop, Ba Eero, the Director, rushed me to Immigration Office in Mansa to extend my work permit....it was Friday late afternoon.....I got a 60 days extension.....Thanks, Eero. 
Went back to Dr. and Mrs. Jonnson's home late, and they decided to eat out.  I was to take this chance to treat them in return of having me staying in their home, but they didn't let me take the bill for they know how rich a PCV can be........thanks agian........ 
Saturday morning, Dr. Jonnson, Lars, he was to change a light bulb outside of a window and got a bee sting on his left ear......he kept on saying, "Well, it is nothing....." but the ear was twice larger from his right ear.  I had to call Carmen to seek advice.  Ended to see the Pharmacist at "Sister of Mercy" for shelf medicine.....it looked the redness lightened but the size of the ear stay the same.....
 
Hmm......I am still to learn to "slow down" on my activities......but Satuday night Dr. Abila's wife is to make African dinner and I will make Chinese dinner at Dr. Jonnson's home before I go back to Makasa to my village life......
 
Cheng  12/9/2012 

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