Thursday, November 15, 2007

Nicaragua!!!!




Well, the long anticipated Peace Corps assignment has arrived and it is decreed that we will be moving to Nicaragua on January 10, 2007. We will be in training in Managua for 11 weeks, then we will be moving to our site. This could be any number of small villages in the country, but we will not find out until our training is over. When we arrive at our "post" we will be Community Health Care Promoters. Here the three major roles our job will encompass (as laid out in out manual):

1. direct education to community members (such as mother's groups, adolescent groups, and school children) about preventative health practices;
2. facilitate and organize health groups to facilitate (our) role in the training of health promoters (for example, health advisory committees, community health assesment teams, women's groups, mothers' groups, community-based birthing homes, and adolescent groups); and
3. training of youth, volunteer community health promoters, and midwives in non-formal education techniques directed towards the reduction of unwanted pregnancies, healthy sexual practices, and improved maternal and child health.

Of course that is only a loose overview. Our actual work will entail many diferent projects, some including gardening, (yeah).
Here is a link to some information on Nicaragua: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicaragua

The above picture is of the Corn Islands where pirates used to hang out and where we will go when people come to visit us (hint hint). And here is a map of Nicaragua. The count-down is on so you all better get as much Heather and Kory as you can handle in the next month and a half!!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

spider down

These videos are pretty much self explanatory. "Shelob" came down on November 2(ish). She served us well and sparked the interest of strangers all over ogden. We are still hearing stories! That makes us feel very proud. video video