Ek es jammer.

I am sorry. Having promised my loyal fans to keep the blog posts short but frequent, I have failed too often. Jammer. It is now Sunday afternoon 10 April and I have not posted since Feb! Some of you may disagree in this particular instance but “better late than never.” While clearly you are reading the world’s most interesting blog, Facebook seems to me a more interesting medium, but I have no idea who sees my FB posts…which are short and frequent.

Been busy busy busy. Feeling pressure to complete tasks that have taken way longer than I would have estimated. Help Katrina find three quotes for materials, inputs and equipment for her chicken egg farm expansion; with those quotes we can apply to the Ministry of Trade and Industrialization and to the Ministry of Gender Equality, both of which are positioned to purchase the things she needs to have 300 hens laying instead of the 30 that now lay about 26 eggs per day. Prepare PowerPoint presentations for delivery to learners in the region’s schools – one on 8 Personality Traits of Effective Business People and one on Why Read a Book? The former I have presented to nearly 400 kids in four schools and the latter to +120 9th and 10th graders in five sessions thus far. Travis Greene is a teaching PCV in Bethanie and he hosted us last Friday-Saturday so that Barbara could interview some Nama kids and I could present to 19 young men at their first Boy’s Club meeting. Chris Chaves is a teaching PCV here in Keetmanshoop. Introduced him to the mayor, town council and municipal Public Relations Office as I thought he could help with a promotional video. Chris has the skills to produce a professional video – at no charge. You do want to check out his moving, inspirational and competitive video at http://www.chrischaves.com/videoschrischaves/2016/2/20/what-makes-you-happy-peace-corps-namibia

Research and roll in the sand for a potential IGA (income generating activity) for the poor families of Tseiblaagte. Begin prep for business workshops to be presented in Oranjemund 22-23 April. Meet with Chris and Patience to introduce them based on their joint interest in a drama/theatre club for the school(s). Begin to fill out the VRF (volunteer report form) which covers the previous six months’ activities. Link up Men by Example with Toastmasters International. Arrange to have digitized image in embroidery machine format for high school neckties that can be another IGA for Karas Huisen Crafts. Meet with our contact at the local office of the Ministry of Gender Equality. Tour and research the village of Blouwes with the hope of helping the people there. Present at the first conference held by Men by Example, a new group that I am advising.

Fun! In spite of the pressure of many work related goals, I’ve had my fun as well. Without some fun this psyche would crash and burn. Last night we had a cocktail at Shooters Bar & Grill with Chris. He was kind enough to give us the movie The Revenant which Barbara and I watched on my laptop during dinner. Most evenings we will enjoy a movie, Downton Abbey, PBS News Hour etc. This morning I went on a bike ride with Chris to see if we could find the town dump. Yesterday I swept and mopped. Today I did the laundry…OH! Wait. We’re on “FUN” right now. Uh…the principal and school board were very gracious to have a braai in our honor before we left Bethanie last week. Wonderful, fun people. We are looking forward to the Crayfish Festival in Luderitz in two weeks. Fun!

Well this post isn’t so short either. So let’s look at some pictures. THANK YOU for joining in our Peace Corps Namibia adventure.

Bethanie 1-2 April 2016 (3)

Chef Greene

Blouwes 8Mar2016 (9)Blouwes 8Mar2016 (13)

 

 

Central Lodge respite (1)cigar butt burningcrib 9 April 2016laundry roommosquito nettingsand candle test 7April2016 (2)

sand candle test 7April2016 (4)

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the folk's wagon Keetmanshoop Mar2016 c

Keetmans JSS Chaves class 8Apr2016

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The Organizers

 

About Steve Link

In Namibia with the U.S. Peace Corps July 2014 - July 2016. View all posts by Steve Link

4 responses to “Ek es jammer.

  • Bobi

    I guess this is what the Peace Corps meant when they said that your first year would be incredibly frustrating, but your second year would be incredibly rewarding. You seem to have hit your stride and your projects are now well received and useful to the recipients. How sad that it takes so long to get to this point. On the other hand, you will leave on a high note and, hopefully, this is what you will remember for the rest of your lives. Congratulations to you and Barbara on jobs well done!
    Love to you both. Can’t wait to see you when you return!!!

  • Diana Link

    Hi! Folks, Just want to say “hello” ! I am at Karen’s farm in upstate NY. The snow outside is melting / the sun is nice and warm ! Bobi forwarded your email to me. So glad to see that you are doing FINE ! Keep up the GOOD WORK !

    LOTS of LOVE, Mo

    On Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM, Steve & Barbara in Namibia wrote:

    > Steve Link posted: “I am sorry. Having promised my loyal fans to keep the > blog posts short but frequent, I have failed too often. Jammer. It is now > Sunday afternoon 10 April and I have not posted since Feb! Some of you may > disagree in this particular instance but “better lat” >

  • Elle Eddy

    Stop it! You are wearing me out! That’s a lot of chickens. How do they do in the heat? E.

    On Sun, Apr 10, 2016 at 11:51 AM, Steve & Barbara in Namibia wrote:

    > Steve Link posted: “I am sorry. Having promised my loyal fans to keep the > blog posts short but frequent, I have failed too often. Jammer. It is now > Sunday afternoon 10 April and I have not posted since Feb! Some of you may > disagree in this particular instance but “better lat” >

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