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...

Tailoring Success

We visited ACHAMA's third site today. The visit began with a walk through the communities we hear about and see so often in the news: life on a dollar a day. It's where many of the ACHAMA girls' lives begin. At the site, a group of girls are acquiring tailoring skills using sewing machines donated by World Renew. At the moment, they are busy working to fill a significantly large order...

Soap and Sugar: Entrepreneurs of Dar es Salaam!

We visited the second site of ACHAMA's work to free girls from sex work and heard a wonderful story. A group of them had learned how to make soap products through ACHAMA's program. With the revenue from that enterprise they shifted their attention to selling sugar. It has been so successful that they have now established a bank account and have plans to expand. They...

With love and care, little by little, lives can be rebuilt on a foundation of trust, hope, and the security of employment.


Today was a difficult one for our team. We visited a site where World Renew and ACHAMA (our local partner) work to rescue and rehabilitate girls from the sex trade.

The girls were very young, mostly between 15 and 17 years old. The youngest girl to enter the program was 9. One story in particular was...

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