Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

Recently it’s been a very frustrating/challenging time in village. I was supposed to have a nutrition training of trainers to go along with the school garden…Everyone was there, except we had no French to Moore translator. I could do the training in French, but my Moore is not quite there yet. So we ended up pushing back the training for this week. Hopefully things will go well🙂

So, I decided to post about all the good things that have happened within the past couple of months. (This may be construed as a brag post, but hopefully it will encourage other volunteers to look on the brighter side of life during those dark days alone in village.) 

  1. We had 8/50 students pass the first examen blanche (practice exam) for the CEP. Last year we only had 6/65 pass, so this is a good first step!
  2. We are doing a pilot program to enter all the examen blanche grades in an Excel spreadsheet so that we can get good statistics and create an electronic copy of all grades that can be updated on any computer!
  3. The school garden was finally installed and planted with onions, tomatoes, and lettuce!
  4. I was able to attend the ceremony where Peace Corps Burkina Faso was Knighted by the Minister of Foreign Affairs!
  5. The Etalons (Burkina Faso’s national Football team) made it to the FINALS of the African Cup of Nations! And I was able to watch it with my village!
  6. I had the opportunity to play viola twice at the Ambassador’s house in December (Swearing in and his Holiday Party)
  7. I took the GRE and Survived!
  8. I approved 5 USAID Small Project Assistance HIV/AIDS grants for funding in 5 weeks! Yay PC Burkina PCVs!
  9. Village women are coming up to me and asking me how to make liquid soap and where they can get supplies!
  10. I helped the functionnaire women prepare food for over 200 people for our Mayor’s swearing in and showed off my food preparation skills! 

Again, this is the toughest job you’ll ever love. For those PCVs out there who are having a difficult time, keep your chin up, remember that PC is primarily a cultural exchange…and don’t forget to have fun once in a while! And as Red Green most famously said…”And remember, keep your stick on the Ice”

One response to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life

  1. linda marcuccilli

    sara – you have accomplished so much! i knew you would! we are all very proud of you and have certainly left a legacy for future pc! hope to get together with you and your mom when you come home!! and….thank you for the inspiration – it has really uplifted my spirits today!!

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