We don’t just want to write about the Big Things in our lives, so here we’ll share small stories and quick blips and such. Catch all the Notes & Anecdotes here.
- Because we won’t have access to the camera to upload our pictures for a while, this is a special work-only edition of Notes & Anecdotes! Autumn is in full gear, which means work is flourishing! (It definitely dies down in the summer, even in super busy sites like ours.) If you’re only interested in adventure, culture, and/or language posts, you can skip this post.
- Robert’s work: Right now, Robert is in an awesome coastal city in the South participating in a Community Health Workshop. When he gets back, he plans to ramp up his Health & Safety workshops. We have new counterparts for this. And our mudir is really rallying for this program. He even recruited a random kid to help him mime the Heimlich Maneuver to make sure Robert was trained in it. (Still not sure what Heimlich Maneuver is in Arabic…) It was pretty hilarious. Other things on Robert’s docket: a huge health project in the spring (stay tuned for this one!), HIV/AIDS education, and recruiting for Science Club. He’s also taking over Beginner English Classes—one for kids and one for adults.
- Julie’s work: My classes are running as usual, even with my usual assistant Robert gone! My Advanced English classes and my Journalism/Creative Writing Program are PACKED. There’s a waiting list, which makes me feel bad. I wish there was time and room for everyone. The journalism programming is especially exciting for me! It’s igniting so many complex and thrilling topics of conversation about objectivity, ethics, freedom, etc, from so many different perspectives. I love it! I’ve also been doing a lot of Write On work: grant-writing, donations soliciting (which is way more difficult than I expected), and some advertising. But next month, as our schedules settle, there are loads of new things I want to facilitate! I want to start a Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Club.
- Other work updates: The best best best best BEST news about our work lives has to do with work that is not ours at all! It’s about sustainable development!! Two big sustainable things have happened in our city! First of all, remember the giant load of books we carted from Casablanca to our city? Well, we didn’t actually tell anyone at our Dar Chebab that we were showing up with hundreds of free books. We weren’t sure what exactly we’d do with them and had tagged it a #laterproblem. But the people of our Dar Chebab, lead by the mudir’s assistant Rahim, took the books and made a mini library. They have implemented a check-out system and an organizing system (it’s no Library of Congress, but I digress). It’s amazing and it’ll clearly keep going long after we’re gone! All we did was give it a little kickstart. 🙂 The second sustainable story is from the Model United Nations training we kinda-almost-nearly attended. We took our friend and counterpart Hazar to it right before we left for Washington DC, but we weren’t able to attend the rest of the training because of our flight time. Hazar is now starting Model United Nations classes at the Dar Chebab and hopes to bring some people to a bigger conference later. She’s going to do it all by herself, which is awesome! Robert and I have to be choosy about what we lead at the Dar Chebab because there’s so much going on and we only have so much time. Neither of us are interested in Model UN, but if other people are—we are more than willing to be sideline supporters. We can’t wait to see what happens, and we hope other students are inspired to start their own activities.
- When we get the camera/pictures back, we’ll update posts on Eid al-Adha, our Blog It Home tour, and much more!
Robert & Julie