Saturday, January 10, 2009

A quick update

Christmas was surprisingly great - my landlord slaughtered a goat and we had a feast. New Years was uneventful. I was stuck at my site for both holidays due to the presidental election run-off in Ghana. C'est la vie.
My village is currently in the lead as far as the number of Guinea Worm cases reported for 2009. That's not a designation we want. I've therefore been keeping busy doing filter inspections, case searches, and am getting ready to do some educational programs at the schools once the students return. We had a football match yesterday with Guinea Worm question and answer afterwards. Both chiefs came and even sat next to each other - an historic moment for Fufulso-Junction.
I still don't have a latrine, a situation which is particularly annoying on days when I want to do nothing but spend the day inside of one. They keep saying the mason is coming to finish it soon. But lord only knows when it will actually happen.
Getting a dog was vetoed by my landlord, who fears them. A girl tried to get me to buy a baby deer, but I saw potential problems with such a pet. So I bought a kitty instead. I named her Leopold. Yes, it's a her. I came up with the perfect cat name, not taking into account that it might be a girl. I couldn't think of another name though. So Leopold it is.
So much has happened in the last month but I don't have time to talk about it now. I uploaded some pictures to flickr, so check them out.


Alice said...

Nothing like a sports event with education about health. At least with the highest incidence of Guinea Worm you have the potential for the most improvement. Good to hear the holidays were ok for you. The winter break was somewhat dull here and so the start of the semester is a welcome event.

Hope you get your latrine soon!
Alice Post

kathew said...

Great blogging....and pics too! Just tried calling you, but I think perhaps I am calling in the middle of the night?
Sounds like you have lots of work to do and if anyone can get it'll be you! Hope to talk to you soon...xoxo Kathe and Russell

Alice said...

i don't know the order in which you update the blog or check emspn, but i sent you a message about studying abroad in Accra this summer.

let me know what you think. I check any and all portals: emspn,, facebook, whatever is quickest... just don't rely on telepathy.