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Exclusive interview with camper Taysedwa!

So here’s Taye (pronounced Ty) being interviewed by his teacher/counselor, Melissa, at Camp Sky. He shows off his designer Camp Sky bag…they’re all the rage in Europe right now you know. Go Taye!

#camsmomsbags

campskymw:

Singing the official Camp Sky song. It sounds eerily similar to “Wavin’ Flag” by K’naan….we shoulda got that copyrighted.

"When I get older,
I will be smarter,
I will go farther,
Because I went to Sky
I went to Sky…..”

Apr 4
campskymw:

Guys! We met our goal!!! Thanks to you and your generous souls, we raised all the funds we needed to match our grant! WHOOOO HOOOOO! We are DEEEP into our preparations and finalizations for next week, and we are all super pumped for the campers to arrive this coming Sunday! Stay tuned here to see all the cool things that we have in store for them! (cue dance party to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang)

campskymw:

Guys! We met our goal!!! Thanks to you and your generous souls, we raised all the funds we needed to match our grant! WHOOOO HOOOOO! We are DEEEP into our preparations and finalizations for next week, and we are all super pumped for the campers to arrive this coming Sunday! Stay tuned here to see all the cool things that we have in store for them! (cue dance party to “Celebration” by Kool & The Gang)

I’ve had a rough week, and it’s left me harboring some negative feelings. So this is a therapeutic list of only positives.

- Tangerines and grapefruits are coming into season and are dirt cheap at the market. Avocados are still massive and delicious and cost ~10 cents each.

- We have basically raised our entire Camp Sky budget! And I know that many of my friends and family contributed to that.

- Camp Sky is next week and is going to be awesome!

- A girl in my computer class achieved the top score on exams with a 92

- Brian and Deniss knocked on my door to offer help marking my English exams. We worked together in the library, listening to music and laughing

- One of my little freshman babies has shown incredible integrity in the library and even called me out when I broke a rule

-  Fransisco spent an afternoon taking apart my electric tea kettle and somehow rigged it back to life

- There have been some seriously cool, non-threatening bugs around my house. (will post picture)

- All of the “maprizey” tomatoes, onions, lemons, chips, etc. from my friends at the market. And the shop keeper who said he was “proud of me” when I bought eggs.

-  There was a sad story about a teenager who delivered a baby in secret and then threw it down a pit latrine, and the police did nothing. But a local rescue effort was made, and as the men stood around trying to decide who would jump in the shit (literally) my form 2 student Msquared (the one in my videos) volunteered and has become the village hero. Of course, he was modest and somewhat embarrassed when I asked him about it the next day.

-  Taught a few of my boys how to do a proper push-up and made my students laugh.

- I get to hang out with my peace corps friends next week, and then we’re going to reward all of our hard work at Sky by partying at the lake

- I’m enjoying reading The Lord of The Rings. Gandalf was in my dream last night.

- Our Peace Corps nurse texted us to come get flu shots because “winter is coming.”

-  I’ve exercised every day this week and feel great (That’s a good reminder to get my ass up from the computer…)

  * And then sometimes you’re in the middle of your workout when your best friend knocks on the door with a cold bottle of wine in hand and you have to say F your plans and just enjoy shooting the shit with good company.

Mar 9
TWO REASONS TO DONATE TO CAMP SKY:
Dennis and Ester.Ester has been the top girl in her class all four years of high school. The statistics for girl students in Malawi is tragic- last year at my school we only had 4 female seniors pass their MSCE. But Ester is different. Though quiet, she is very hardworking and borrows more books from the library in one term than most students do in one year. I am so proud to announce that last term, not only was she the first girl in her class, she was the first student overall.Dennis is my favorite student I have ever had ever. His smile and enthusiasm brightens my day; he is naturally smart, curious, and hardworking. One of my favorite things about Den is he is eager to apply what he learns. Whenever I teach him something new, whether it’s the benefits of moringa or a study skill- he’s excited to show me he’s using the new techniques. Dennis is a natural teacher and leader, constantly helping his peers (without him my computer class would be impossible.) He, more than anyone I’ve ever met, deserves a chance to escape poverty and follow his dream of helping others as a doctor. These two excellent students will be joining more than 70 other students just like them. Your small contribution will go a long way and hopefully give them the boost they need to reach the potential I see inside of them. Thank you: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=14-614-002

TWO REASONS TO DONATE TO CAMP SKY:

Dennis and Ester.

Ester has been the top girl in her class all four years of high school. The statistics for girl students in Malawi is tragic- last year at my school we only had 4 female seniors pass their MSCE. But Ester is different. Though quiet, she is very hardworking and borrows more books from the library in one term than most students do in one year. I am so proud to announce that last term, not only was she the first girl in her class, she was the first student overall.

Dennis is my favorite student I have ever had ever. His smile and enthusiasm brightens my day; he is naturally smart, curious, and hardworking. One of my favorite things about Den is he is eager to apply what he learns. Whenever I teach him something new, whether it’s the benefits of moringa or a study skill- he’s excited to show me he’s using the new techniques. Dennis is a natural teacher and leader, constantly helping his peers (without him my computer class would be impossible.) He, more than anyone I’ve ever met, deserves a chance to escape poverty and follow his dream of helping others as a doctor. 

These two excellent students will be joining more than 70 other students just like them. Your small contribution will go a long way and hopefully give them the boost they need to reach the potential I see inside of them. 

Thank you: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=14-614-002

Mar 8

Market Day

Another video from my Malawian students!

Mar 7

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Mar 7

Camp Sky

Friends,

I’ve been in Malawi for 20 months and a majority of that time has been spent with high school students. These hardworking kids face unfair odds just to make it to school. They may come from families who would prefer they were working in the fields or married off at 14, or maybe they’re AIDS orphans living with an elderly relative. They walk an hour to reach a school with hot, overcrowded classrooms. They go the whole day without eating, as there is no lunch program. They sit and wait for teachers who frequently don’t show up, or simply give them notes in their second language. They do this all so that their senior year they can take a national exam, known as the MSCE, that will determine their future. These exams are not easy. You may remember how difficult it was for you to understand Romeo and Juliet- imagine doing that in a foreign language, while hungry, sitting on the floor, etc etc. Or being tested on a lab experiment in which your school has no science lab and you’ve never practiced an experiment before.

But! There is hope. Peace Corps Malawi education volunteers are organizing a national education camp for 80 of our hardworking, high achieving students, to give them that extra push they need to succeed. They are going to travel to the capital (many of them leaving the village for the first time) and have a week of classes in Bio, Chem, Physics, Math and English taught by PCVs. They will finally get to practice those lab experiments, learn about test taking skills, study strategies, career and higher ed opportunities, nutrition and health, creative expression and more.

I guarantee you that every piece of your contribution will make a difference in their lives. Please donate here: https://donate.peacecorps.gov/index.cfm?shell=donate.contribute.projDetail&projdesc=14-614-002

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Thank you/Zikomo

Feb 3

This is where I work!

Feb 1
More Exciting News! My students and I have been filming various videos of our community and culture for our American pen pals and all of you. (Here’s a shot from their cooking demonstration they filmed this past week.) If I can find good enough internet, the first one or two of the series will be posted this week!

More Exciting News! My students and I have been filming various videos of our community and culture for our American pen pals and all of you. (Here’s a shot from their cooking demonstration they filmed this past week.) If I can find good enough internet, the first one or two of the series will be posted this week!