i’m back in liberia! i arrived on wednesday evening without complications or delays, thank you Jesus! it’s been pretty much non-stop since i got here — i had one day in the office and then on friday, joni and i packed up and made the long journey to foya. i’ve been up here meeting annie, our new CLP (church livelihood program) program manager and preparing for our TOT – Training of Trainers meetings next week. i’m super excited about my time here. i get to be a part of a really exciting transition of expat staff running CLP to it being managed by a National, Annie. very cool. so basically my role is to be here as a resource for annie and help train her and teach her and just be here to help make that transition go as smoothly as possible. all 22 of our staff will be at the training this week, which will give me a great opportunity to meet all of them at once and we are starting a new curriculum this year, so we’ll all kind of be on the same page. ooh in case you were wondering, CLP runs adult literacy classes through a local church in a community and then has business classes and a business model for these women…it’s a cool program and i’m sure i’ll write more about it later. i’m feeling super scattered today though.
foya is great. i didn’t make it up here last summer. i didn’t think the internet was going to be fast enough to do much of anything, but i’ve been pleasantly surprised and have been able to get on my email. i think i’ll be spending a good chunk of my time up here. i can’t wait to learn how to drive the motorbikes. i’m a little nervous, but oooh it looks like great fun! every time i go somewhere with eleanor, she asks me if i want to drive…i’m a little nervous about that too. we have those huge toyota landcruisers and i’m just not sure my skills are up to par yet…i mean there’s the whole issue of me barely knowing how to drive stick shift and then there’s just the chaos that is the road in liberia. but in time i’m sure i’ll get the hang of it.
today joni, alisa, eleanor, justin and i went to pak batt for lunch. ooooooooh it was absolutely delicious! mmmmm. pak batt is the UN pakistani base. Capt. Aziz is soooo nice. and seriously, the food is to die for. oh. and he had fresh fruit. yes. beautiful, plump, juicy grapes and apples. it was lovely. i can’t wait to go back. in fact, i’m going back tomorrow for dinner. oh yeah and then they served us chai tea on real china. it was amazing. oh and they have air conditioning. i stuffed myself. we all waddled out to the car when we were done.