This picture was taken on June 2, 2011. After finishing staging in Washington D.C, here are the Peace Corps Trainees taking a final picture before leaving to Mali, West Africa. The June staging has water sanitation and education Volunteers.
Pamela and Ashton celebrate the 4th of July in Mali, West Africa. Here we see a perfect example of cross culture as Pamela and Ashton wear traditional Malian pagne (which is a wraparound skirt) and the colors of the United States of America.
Bangladeshi children love to have their picture taken. I was walking down the street one day with my camera and all of these neighborhood children jumped in a rickshaw with big smiles requesting that I take that picture. I couldn't resist.
Halfway through our time in Bangladesh, my site mate and I moved to a different apartment down the road. We transported all our household goods by rickhsaw. Moving day in our town looked very different than it may have in the United States.
I worked with students in the secondary schools to create prayer flags, "Messages of Hope," about HIV. It was a beautiful activity and students really opened up creating these flags. Some students created memorials, some quotes and some messages...
Childrens Health Day. HIV/AIDs testing for mothers and children, health education and distribution of vitamins. We had an overwhelming amount of mothers and children come to the event. Lesotho has one of the highest HIV rates in the world.
These kids are wearing their best Obama shirts to a dance party in Mali in 2012. The party was a celebration of local hunters who gathered to make a sacrifice and show off some of their best kills, including monkeys, antelope and a huge wild boar.