Today marks the 3-week mark of my Peace Corps Service!
Things that have immediately stood out:
- "Seesa seesa (slowly slowly) seems to be the theme of my village life; meeting people, getting to know the village and their needs, day-by-day life, all incredibly slower than what we’re used to in the states or actually, in Western culture altogether. Part of it may be because it’s so. darn. hot! It really does get so hot to the point where you literally cannot do anything but sit there. Your brain can’t function! For example, some of the hotter days recently: 118 degrees F, easy.
- Peace Corps’ free-calling between volunteers is a great gift for our sanity! Alhamdoulilah! (Arabic for hallelujah, loosely translated)
- Major cockroach problem in my room. My nightly routine now includes stomping around my room & killing all the roaches & sometimes crickets. I believe my record kills of the night before bedtime is 6 roaches. :) & the even cooler thing is that I don’t have to sweep up the dead bodies. The other bugs come and take them away during the night… Yay.
- Everyone here wants to go to “Amerik,” most people ask me if I have a husband and when I say I don’t, they ask me why or the men ask to marry me. Alaa, c’est pas possible. Haha.
- The children are completely intrigued by me, yet at the same, are completely terrified and will run shrieking if I head their way… :D
- By the way, I don’t know if you guys knew, but I don’t get internet at my site. :) I will try to get into town at least at least at least once a month! Town is about 3-6 hours away. Seesa seesa…
Also! A project I’m currently working on is the Michelle Sylvester Scholarship program. It’s a scholarship for middle school girls to help encourage, support and continue their education. The scholarship pays for the girls’ registration fees for the next school year and the 3 winners also get to go shopping for school supplies. A common problem for young women in Senegal is that they drop out of school after junior high or they get married and stop their schooling. For only US$200 per middle school, these girls get to receive some recognition for their hard work, external financial support, and encouragement to further their education.
Here’s a link: http://senegad.org/scholarship.html
& here’s how you can help out! I need to fundraise this US$200 to be able to do the MSS scholarship at my village’s college (junior high), a college that only has one complete building and another building that hasn’t yet been completed. There is no wall surrounding the school and no shade structures or trees to protect students from the sun. So as you can imagine, it’s a pretty bleak place & surely doesn’t help the students really feel excited and encouraged to go to school. (But with that said, I’ve sat in on some classes and these kids are so excited & eager to participate in class!!!)
So tangent aside, here are step-by-step instructions for how to donate to this great cause! :)
- Go to: https://www.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=685-CFD
- On the right-hand side of the page, enter in the amount you would like to donate & hit “Donate >”
- Fill out all the donor information (tax purposes)
- MOST IMPORTANT! In the Comments section, please write that this donation is for “Sarah Auyeung’s MSS in Medina N’Diathbe, St. Louis” (otherwise, it becomes a general country donation)
- Hit “Confirm Information >”
The girls and I would greatly greatly greatly appreciate your help in this! Especially because if I can’t raise the funds, I have to foot the bill myself… & US$200 is too much for my Peace Corps Volunteer budget. ;)
P.S. Please send me your addresses! I would love to send you a letter & also get a response. I would be very happy. :) It’s the little pleasures that matter here. Haha.