Sunday, July 20, 2008
This is a picture of our Art Club. This is the one thing that never lets us down. We are making a map of the world, one of Nicaragua and one or our municipality on the walls in the library. These kids have absolutley nothing to work with and yet things always happen. We are working with the teacher of an art school. He is great except that sometimes he doesnt listen which makes me real mad. Its like, ¨Do you understand what im saying or are you just ignoring me!¨But you have to just go with the Nica flow of things and let them happen. Its just that Kory and I are pretty anal retentive and organized and we have to learn to let that go for now.
This is a picture of our youth promoters doing a television spot or practicing one. The youth promoters will be a group of kids from all the far away villages that we will train to do our work! Great idea huh? Then we wont have to teach sex ed in the schools anymore because they will do it for us! Well, that sounds cruel. Actually it is a far more sustainable approach to health education. We will focus on mass media with them and eventually have a weekly radio program hopefully. 40 kids showed up to the first meeting. We have our work cut our for us, but this is exactly the kind of fun thing we love to do and wish we have more of to fill our time.
Kory was trying to show the neighbor kids how to play kick the can. It was pretty funny. They arnt that great at following our instructions. but these kids, though I thought they would molest us at first are actually pretty enjoyable. They line up outside our window which is right on the street, when we are cooking and are very curious. Last week I threw out parts of a basil twig and they picked it up out of the mud and were muching on it.
When I made this whole wheat bread, I went to throw the crumbs out the window and they made me give them to them. THis is the front of our house (though you cannot see the kitchen window to the right). Mom, notice how lovely the vines are! They have flowers on them and they have come into the house up through those decorative bricks on top and we now have flowers blooming in our house. Its super great!
Well. I hope this week goes better. Its pretty lonely out here when you are chuck full of business. I read a tony hillerman novel this week and it made miss utah. I realized that this is now the longest I have ever been away from there. I miss the desert and woodruff and my family. I miss being with people I know and who understand my culture etc. Well. I love you all! Love heather
Sunday, July 13, 2008
Foo for thought:
Pitty da foo
ni fu ni fa
Sunday, July 6, 2008
Okay. Let us begin with the billiards tournament. The tournament works like this: We organize a tournament against VIH (HIV) wherein about 16 participants register to play billiards and recieve some education about the virus. In between each round of billiards, Heather and I give a brief "charla" (talk) about an aspect of the virus, how it works, how to avoid it, etc. Then, during the last round, the two players who are left have to answer a question about the charlas each time they get a ball in the pocket. If their answer is wrong, the ball is placed back on the table. The thing about this is, the men here never get any education because it is all geared toward women and children.
Anyway, now we are practically fluent. Not really. But since most of the people from our group were gathered together in Carazo again, we decided to go to Ometepe Island in Lake Nicaragua (its the great big one on the map). It is an island in Lago Nicaragua which was formed by two volcanoes. They are a good time. Smoking and angry looking.
So we stayed on the island in a little hotel. I was pretty fun but pricy on volunteer budget ($0 per/hour). But cheap for tourist budget. It was $9 per person per night. The "all you can eat" buffet of Nica food was about $5.75. Ouch!
Yep. There they are. So we hiked around on Saturday looking for petroglyphs. Found ém. Got some great views of the volcanoes and plan to return for some of the more serious hikes later on.
Two of the other guys had birthdays this week and the girls got together real sneaky-like to plan a piñata. It was a good time. Then we swam in the lake, incidentally, the only land-locked source of fresh water sharks left on the earth. We swam in shark infested water. (Okay, to be fair, they are practically extinct and supposedly much further out.)
The piñata (the car, from Cars)
...and we close with a shot of Heather and Kory in beautiful Granada at twilight.
Thanks for the chocolates and letters and things. Abbey and Kim, I got the gummy bears, and letters from the kids and you guys, on my birthday. That was fun. Thanks.