The medicine man told Stephan if you plant mango trees you will die! He warned, “Do not plant mango trees in this village.” Yet as Stephan walked around the countryside in northern Tanzania he noticed that other people were planting mango trees. He was surprised to learn that others were not dying and that their families appeared to be healthier than the families that lived in Stephan’s village.

The medicine man in Stephan’s village held incredible power over the people...

          Today marks one full year spent in Senegal. It is crazy to think how quickly this year has gone by and that we only have 6 months left in this beautiful country. Right now, I am listening to Christmas music while enjoying the constant sunshine and the 30-degree weather. It does feel a little odd that it will soon be Christmas. Christmas in Senegal is just another one of the many holidays. Most people simply...

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     I’m happy to let you know that I have finished my month of Spanish classes in Santa Lucía. A week ago on November 28th I moved to a small rural town called Guacoca. Guacoca is located in the department of Olancho, in the northeast area of Honduras. During my two months here, I will follow the agricultural coordinator for Diaconía Nacional around to the different communities in the area. I’ll learn by observing and helping out...

We sat in a circle of plastic chairs, enjoying a respite from the scorching Guatemalan sun in shade of a wooden building. Dogs and chickens ambled around the yard. Just outside of our circle of chairs, two boys were climbing a tree and laughing.

“How beautiful it is to live among the trees,” said one community member, looking around. Nods of assent traveled around the circle.

I was visiting San Juan Acul, a rural community of about 250 families in Northern Guatemala....

"We don't want anyone to carry us on their back, we just want someone to walk with us."

We visited two remarkable healthcare ministries today.
 
The first was a clinic. Rather than building hospitals and staffing them with western doctors, World Renew trains local healthcare volunteers trusted by the community who are able to connect pregnant women and mothers...

It's been over three months since I left home for the beautiful, culturally-rich country of Guatemala. These past months have been a roller coaster, but as for recent news, Bethany and I finished our Spanish language training last month (and went through our third school graduation) and I started working with World Renew two weeks ago. In my time here, and especially in my time at the Spanish school, I've made new friends, learned millions of different words in Spanish...

Today we walked to the World Renew office located within walking distance of the Double Leaf Boutique Hotel where we are staying.  There we learned a bit about the Khmer language and culture.  We were led by two engaging facilitators from Gateway to Khmer. We found out that it is common in Cambodia to ask one's age.  The reason for this question is that greetings vary for different ages.  What is perceived as rudeness in North America is actually a...

Water

Water from a World Renew borehole serves a community of several thousand. This means that a school has access to clean drinking water and is able to irrigate a vegetable garden, the produce from which is used to make healthy meals. Because water is accessible, students and teachers do not need to take long breaks during academic hours to travel to fetch water, but are able...

Blog Post – Trip to Linguère

Last week, we went to Linguère, which is a 6-hour drive away from Dakar. For more details about Linguère, see our previous blog post when we traveled there the first time: http://volunteerblog.worldrenew.net/current-volunteers/davidandjessica/fatick-linguere

This time, we went with Gidéon, one of the World Renew staff who is able to drive standard as well as translate, to Linguère for...

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