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  • America Gave Me to You
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Author: C.D. Glin

    It was about 7:00 on a Friday evening. Under normal circumstances, this would be my usual happy hour, but these were anything but normal circumstances. The rain pounding down on my tin roof sounded like a thousand children jumping up and down, stomping their feet.

  • An Asian Fairy Tale
    Type
    Folk Tale
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Uzbekistan

    Author: Jordan Earl

    One of the most remarkable things about Peace Corps living is confronting the fluid nature of knowledge. Volunteers must daily confront what they once accepted as fact, reevaluating both their initial impressions of their new home and their former perceptions of American culture. What is real and what is not? ...

  • Ancient Navigators of the Pacific
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Pacific Islands

    Author: Sarah Klain

  • Angel
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Author: Barbara Arrington

  • At Home in the World
    Type
    Personal Essay

    Author: Bill Moyers

    So I remember John Kennedy not so much for what he was or what he wasn’t but for what he empowered in me. We all edit history to give some form to the puzzle of our lives, and I cherish the memory of him for awakening me to a different ...

  • Bienvenido a Guatemala | Spanish Translation
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Guatemala

    Author: Laura Kutner

    La sobre carga sensorial fue de las primeras experiencias que me impactó cuando llegue a Guatemala. En este país hay muchas cosas para ver, oler, oír y probar. Recuerdo que en mi primer viaje del aeropuerto a la oficina de Cuerpo de Paz, observaba los colores vivos en la ropa ...

  • Brand New Muti
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Africa, South Africa

    Author: Amber Bechtel

    Queen Nthuli begins the ritual of calling her ancestors by burning dried herbs in an earthenware pot beside her. She breathes in the smoke from the herbs to take the spirits of the ancestors into her body, where she can communicate with them.

  • Bringing Business to Farmers
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Pacific Islands, Tonga

    Author: Jeannine Hurrish

    There are many contrasts between Tonga and the United States—and one of the ones that I found are that just the difference between community and family living.

  • Chance of a Lifetime In Levoča
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Slovak Republic

    Author: Lorie Singleton

  • Chiggers and Other Challenges
    Type
    Letter
    Region
    Central America and Mexico, Honduras

    Author: Joan Heberger

  • Chores and Doughnuts
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    Pacific Islands, Kiribati

    Author: Eric Kroetsch

    In the peaceful mornings before school, I often ride my Pee-Wee Herman-style bicycle from the school campus where I live to a small village store to buy some freshly baked bread for breakfast. Even though the brightly shining sun rose over the horizon less than 30 minutes before, the village ...

  • Cocinar con el Sol | Spanish Translation
    Type
    Personal Essay
    Region
    South America, Peru

    Author: Brian Lange

    Me llamo Brian Lange y soy voluntario del Cuerpo de Paz. Yo trabajo en proyectos de saneamiento del agua en un pueblo de doce mil habitantes ubicado en las montañas del Perú. El pueblo está situado unos setenta kilómetros de Trujillo, la tercera más grande ciudad del Perú. Aunque originalmente ...

  • Conservation: Burkina Faso | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Burkina Faso

    There is no official conservation of water in Pensa, but I'm working on a project that will, hopefully, raise awareness of the need for conservation. Most families have a douche (doosh), a small concrete or mud-brick area where they wash themselves.

  • Conservation: Cameroon | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cameroon

    To my knowledge, water is not recycled in my area on an organizational level. Neither is water conserved on any large-scale level. In fact, the reservoir where water is stored for distribution throughout the city via submerged pipes is not even adequately supplied, according to a supervisor at SNEC—the local ...

  • Conservation: Cape Verde | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cape Verde

    Author: Brandon Lundy

    Water is very limited in Cape Verde, and conservation is a must for everyone who lives here. Other than times of abundance—one month a year—most water must be purchased from a chafariz in limited and regulated amounts.

  • Conservation: Côte d'Ivoire | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Cote D'ivoire

    There is no conservation of water.

  • Conservation: Gabon | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Gabon

    Author: Pamela Parsa

    I've seen conservation occur only during the rainy season.

  • Conservation: Ghana | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Ghana

    People usually conserve water in many different ways. Women do laundry once a week with only a small bucket of water. Any excess water left over from washing or bathing is often given to the animals or is recycled to water dry-season crops.

  • Conservation: Guinea | Water for Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Guinea

    Author: Jean Simmons

  • Conservation: Kenya | Water for Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Kenya

    There is little to no conservation of water. People may keep rinse water or bath water to water gardens, but other than that most people rely on the availability of the river water. Most people do not even have gutters to collect rainwater, something that would save money and effort ...

  • Conservation: Lesotho | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Lesotho

    I feel my community is not totally aware of water-saving techniques and it is one of my educational points during garden classes.

  • Conservation: Madagascar | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Madagascar

    My community conserves water by not drinking it. I don't know how they do it. They can walk all day in the blazing sun and never complain of thirst.

  • Conservation: Morocco | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Morocco

    It is difficult for me to separate water conservation from good management. People are always conservative with the amount of water they use in daily household activities.

  • Conservation: Namibia | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Namibia

    Being that the region is savannah desert, everyone understands that water is not always available, so when they have it they use it.

  • Conservation: Niger | Water in Africa
    Type
    Story
    Region
    Africa, Niger

    The villagers are always conserving because it is hard work to get water. Rarely will water be thrown on the ground or wasted in any way.