Welcome 2013

Yes, I know it’s already March. With only a few more months of this epic journey I wanted to make sure to get in a few more posts before it wraps up. A friend of mine who also happens to be a social media guru suggested to me recently that the best blog posts are ones where the text can fit within the size of one screen. If you’ve ever glanced at one of my prior posts you’d have noticed that’s never really been the case with me, so it is a 2013 goal of mine to begin posting more succinctly and then hopefully more often.

Wrapping up last year, all I can describe it as was one big learning curve. Serving as a PCVL (Peace Corps Volunteer Leader) while also heading up the HIV/AIDS program component for the Southern Africa Regional Environmental Program (SAREP) has been one of the finer experiences of my work-life. The work at SAREP, however, took some extra attention and effort to learn-quickly-as-I-go, especially with regards to the ins and outs of SAREP’s scope-of-work and a working knowledge of how these types of international development institutions, namely USAID and Chemonics, operate. Luckily I thrive on such challenges; I often crave that feeling of disjointed information coming together like a puzzle. So though this blog had taken a bit of a hiatus, I can say with enthusiasm and gratitude that this third year of service has been the most exciting and most rewarding of the three.

Also, Maun is really great. I’ll be ready to go when I do, but seriously, it’s lovely here.

Now I want to share with you an exciting new addition created just two days ago that will provide a sense of what SAREP is doing around the Okavango Delta region to positively impact livelihoods, biodiversity, climate change, water and sanitation, and HIV/AIDS.

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Behold – SAREP has a new Facebook page! If you have a moment, I invite you to go explore the page and learn a little about what we do and the communities we work with. Even better, “Like” us and stay up to date on all of the fascinating stuff. My colleague and I put it together, and though the page is new, we’ll be working hard next week to put up backdated photo albums and more narratives to better paint the picture of the scope of impact this incredible five-year project has undertaken.

Thanks! Hope you enjoy!