Thursday, January 20, 2011

Passing it on…

There are a few things I have been wanting to blog about but seem to forget or never had time, so I thought I need to get caught up! One thing I wanted to write about was the extended teaching that happened after our Grain Aid program stopped when the new harvest came in the end of October.

All through the proceeding months we had been teaching the program participants (the fathers of the families) about health care topics such as diarrhoea and dehydration, malaria, mosquito net use and care, intestinal worms, first aid and common illness prevention. We had hoped that the men would go and share this knowledge with their families, but you just never know.

So we decided to train a group of 4 locals (2 men and 2 women) to take a condensed version of this teaching and go visit each one of the 60 families to present it to the rest of the family, especially the mothers who would benefit the most from the health teaching!

So here are some pictures of the families (taken by our teachers) as they went out and taught the community. Hope it helps you to put faces to stories of all the families who were helped through your generosity and support in our Grain Aid program. Our total was over 1500 people!













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Monday, January 17, 2011


We are home in Niamey now and back into full swing of work and language- but of course I still wanted to update you on the Morocco portion of our trip!

I loved Marrakech! It was lively, vibrant, colourful, unique and visually awesome. All the things I love! We enjoyed meals in the centre plaza at little stalls, tours through the Palm Oasis, winding alleys where we purposefully got a little lost and the largest, cleanest, highest quality artisan markets we have ever seen. I could have brought home many suitcases with all the awesome things they made and sold! Wow!

So rather than bore you with lots of writing, here are some of my favourite pictures of all the things we did! Feel free to check out all the photos on my facebook account.

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Bennett sprinting across my photo!arch_(1_of_1)


The streets and people and little back corners really interested me. Paul and I went out really early one morning just to wander, shoot photos, drink fresh orange juice from vendors and get lost. It was great!



And of course the Palm Oasis. Hundreds of acres of Palm tree forests with underground aqueduct systems for water. It obviously works when you see so much growth!


At the end of our time in Marrakech we did spend a day in Casablanca, but really there is not much to see there. One of the largest mosques in the world, the Hassan II, is there. It has beautiful architecture and is built out over the water so it is a nice place, especially at sunset. Paul enjoyed playing soccer with a bunch of little kids Bennett’s age in the main square and had fun too while the Father’s of the boys were off saying their prayers inside.



Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Update from the road

Hi there. I know we haven't been online much. However, our internet has been inconsistent and we have been a little bit busy :) Suffice it to say our vacation has been peaceful, exciting, beautiful to the eyes and relaxing on the heart. A good place to recharge, spend time with family, take snapshots and play with the kids. Couldn't ask for more. I am working on a New Year's/December update newsletter but with little internet and a tiny netbook computer, we are a little lo-tech at the moment. Here are some snapshots to enjoy from our trip. Will write more when I can. We have one week of vacation left and tomorrow we head to Morocco!