Sunday, March 6, 2011

February 21, 2011 9:00 PM

Today is President’s day in the U.S., but here in Uganda it is just a normal day.  However, on April 1st we will be taking part in the Peace Corps 50th anniversary celebration here in Uganda.  We will be participating in a day of service at a local primary school and then we will be attending the evening reception.  Everyone is really excited.  There will be many other Peace Corps volunteers from all over the country and many other aid workers from other countries and organizations.  It will be a good opportunity to get to know other volunteers and interact with other aid workers.

So almost every day in training HIV/AIDS awareness/prevention is brought up, on some level.  It is interesting because how people in Uganda express that message to primary school students, I don’t think people in the U.S. would express that the same way to even secondary school students.  AIDS prevention is big here.  They start at the primary level.  In that respect, children here know so much more than U.S. students.  From what I can tell, their efforts are really working here.  The rate of infections is going down faster here than most other African countries.  It’s great to see how we can be a big part of this by teaching it in the schools here.

So I have a random thought/story for the day…Only in Africa could you be in a group of people having a conversation, someone says malaria pills and half the group walks away.  Here that is seen as normal among us PC trainees.  (This actually happened to me and we saw nothing wrong with it).

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