In the months since my last post I have completed my 2 year Peace Corps service in Kenya, went home for 6 weeks to visit friends and family in 4 states, and moved to Dakar, Senegal where I have lived for nearly 1 month in my Peace Corps Response position as the Communications and Media manager […]Read more "Swahili Isn’t Helping Me Here"
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And the sooner we both acknowledge this, the sooner we can begin to address the problem. So let’s talk. “Wait just a minute here, Rachel. You’re like, the least racist person I know. You’re always sharing stuff about race and racism. You couldn’t possibly be racist.” Here’s the deal. Racism…
Khalil coordinated a 3-day community health program called “Siku ya Elimu kwa Jamii” (Family Education Day). Each day we went to a different village and raised awareness on challenges facing the community such as: HIV/AIDS and VCT testing, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), and Malaria. Of course I taught about malaria prevention, net care and repair […]Read more "OVPs: Khalil’s Siku ya Elimu kwa Jamii"
April 25th was World Malaria Day/WMD. March – May was our time to shine as the Stomp Out Malaria program coordinators in Kenya and shine we did through the incredible work of our volunteers. In celebration of WMD our volunteers completed 26 projects which reached over 52,000 community members and they are still working to reach […]Read more "World Malaria Day Project Results"
For the past few years there has been an escalation of the use of Ankara fabric, Kitenge, mud cloth and other fabrics made in Africa or are considered a representation of traditional wear in Africa. I love these bright prints so no complaints from me, I hope it never goes away. Stella Jean continues to create my […]Read more "What I Like Right Now: Stella Jean"
I rode passed a talented community artists painting a school sign and immediately asked the driver to make a U-Turn. Michael Juma is a brilliant artist and art teacher and was overjoyed at my proposed idea of working with some of my students to make a malaria mural. The mural is located at Nangina Mixed Primary School, […]Read more "Malaria Mural: Using Art to Teach Health"
I’ve heard African Americans say they’ve come to this incredible continent, Africa, and have a feeling of being at home. I’ve visited several countries all of which I instantly loved and none of which I felt instantly at home. It has sparked my curiosity of my ethnic background though. This will not be a sad […]Read more "29th Birthday Celebration in Ethiopia"