Issafaye: Twenty-four year old Virginia (Ginger) Paige, an AFSI Peace Corps Volunteer involved in gardening and agro-forestry, joins former Peace Corps Volunteer in Mali, John Villerius, Program Development Consultant for AFSI, in a trip to her island village of Issafaye. Ginger received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the Colorado College and is from Pasadena, California. John, a Retired Peace Corps Volunteer from Mali 1982-1985, is originally, from Somerville, New Jersey and now lives in Dire, Mali.
The pictures include the following situations: 1) Ginger and John travel in a canoe to her island village in the Niger River, They carry a sack of rice to be used as seed for the new irrigated rice fields projects,
2) They transport the rice to Issafaye, a Bozo fishing village where the fish population has been declining. 3) Here, Ginger works collectively with the nutritional seeds, 4) Ginger and John advise the Bozo Village Association on ways to construct stronger canal walls and engineer irrigation systems. 5) Together, Ginger and John examine an old wheel-barrow pump, which they will repair to use as a hand pump to irrigate rice fields. Photo by Watson.