Monday, September 14, 2009

A Peace Corps volunteer in Africa

Lately I've been really enjoying the blog of a friend of mine from college, Aaron. He's now about a year into a two-year Peace Corps stint in Burkina Faso, a small country in West Africa. He's able to send out periodic e-mail updates, which another friend then posts to his blog. Aaron has had some great stories and reflections - touching, humorous, sometimes sad, often illuminating about the nature of doing development work and being a foreigner in a very different place. Some of his work focuses on reproductive and maternal/child health, which makes it extra interesting (at least for me!)

Some of my favorite posts:
On Porridge - on combating malnutrition in infants and toddlers.
Christians and Play-dough (not the actual title, but that's how I think of it) - what happens when charity efforts go a little awry.
Sort've like home - getting kids in Burkina to play American theater games.

If you're interested in Peace Corps, development, international health work, or just in some great stories and pictures I encourage you to check it out!

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