Friday, August 22, 2008


We've just finished a week of in-service training that marks the end of our community entry period, our first three months at site. The training included two days of project-development in conjunction with our village counterparts. We learned things like how to make a Problem Tree. Even if they didn't learn anything, our partners from the adult literacy project were thrilled to be invited to Lusaka by Peace Corps. The workshop was a validation of our working relationship that I think will jumpstart a burst of activity when we return to the village. 

We learned about the importance of allowing projects to be driven by community interests. My counterpart, Art, admired the Zambian handbags carried by many PCVs. He thinks we should start a sewing workshop as an income-generating activity in our village.

This is an idea I can support with enthusiasm.

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