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.