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My Daily Walk through the villages of Lesotho

My Daily Walk through the villages of Lesotho

I have an hour till class. I put down my book, I grab my worn, patched bag, I head out. Down the slope, passing dry grass and old corn stalks, my shoes turning a brown to match the dirt. I pass a baby goat, chewing sideways, showing its small pink tongue. The wind blows at my skirt and I pass small children calling me. Where am I going, where is the candy, my name over, and over. At the bottom, I stomp…

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Our Ha Mali Community Center

Our Ha Mali Community Center

Juliana Fulton   We are only a month away from opening the Ha Mali Community Center!  The idea for its creation came from hearing all the different problems facing the families in my village when I went door-to-door for my household survey.  My work at the schools didn’t seem to touch many of the problems the people in my village complained of: not having easy access to a clinic, not having jobs or training for them, the number of orphans living with elderly…

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Journal Excerpt from Sept. 1

Journal Excerpt from Sept. 1

Well I’ve been super busy, with 2-4 things to do every day for these past couple weeks. Today I had a meeting about the community centre in the morning (and building a seed bed) and two life skills classes at different schools this afternoon.

What 24% HIV+ Really Means

What 24% HIV+ Really Means

When I first signed up for my Peace Corps assignment, all that I was told was that I’d be in Lesotho, working with communities on HIV/AIDS. I was very excited about living in Lesotho, but less so about working on the AIDS pandemic. It just seemed like such a monumental and depressing task. We were told that the official prevalence rate was 24% of people in Lesotho were infected with HIV. It sounds like a lot, but it is totally…

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A Year of Seasons in Lesotho

A Year of Seasons in Lesotho

I have now been in Lesotho, the Mountain Kingdom, for an entire year. It feels brief and incredibly long at the same time. And it’s only half over! I now have seen all of Lesotho’s seasons – one of the few countries in Africa that has four distinct seasons.

My Household Survey

My Household Survey

It’s taken 40-some hours and over eight weeks, but I have now finished surveying all 210 households in my village.  In the survey I go door to door, visiting and talking with every family in the village.  I ask twenty questions – about what animals they have, if they have a bank account, what fuels they use, what their problems are, etc., etc.  I’m doing Peace Corps as part of my master’s research in international development planning, and hopefully writing…

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Living on a dollar a day

Living on a dollar a day

For the past month I have been living on a dollar a day, which is below the international poverty line.  A friend and I decided we wanted to see what it was like to live like most of the world who live in poverty, or as close to it as we can get.  I calculated the cost of all the food, candles, propane, everything, even soap.  The first week was by far the hardest—I craved sweet things, and was hungry…

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