Welcome to the Mali Team's blog!

We would like to thank everyone who is supporting us on this God-given adventure. We're so grateful for your prayers as we prepare for this cross-cultural experience! Our travel dates are June 2nd-June17th, 2010. We will be in the capital city of Bamako, as well as the villages of Mandiakuy and Koro.
Look for updates in the coming weeks, but especially in June, as we will be posting as often as we can. God bless!

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Jour Sept

The past two days we got a lot accomplished, but we also have been getting a lot of rest in!! So, Emily informed you that she was the only one staying on base Sunday and the rest of us were with the sisters. Lucky her!! Sunday night was absolutely unbearable. As Em had mentioned earlier we found out that the temperature the past two days was on average somewhere in the hundred teens. One of the days, I thinkTtuesday, we looked at the thermometer around 11 o'clock and it read 40 degrees Celsius which we calculated to be a little under 120 Fahrenheit....and that wasn't even the hottest part of the day!!! Sunday night we all (except Em : ) ) experienced a very new and different type of sleep. Each time we would move in the middle of the night we would feel sweat everywhere and as we would place out bodies in a new position we would just feel the sweat cleing back to our bodies as we reapplied pressure. I know it sounds really gross, but it totally was!! On average each of us probably has been showering at least three times a day because this heat is like nothing we have ever experienced before!!!

So, enough about our complaining!! Lets get to the part of the past two days that is worth some praise!! Monday morning we went out together and interviewed four amazing people, again who have amazing stories that you just have to hear for yourself! The first interview was of a couple, Albertine and Jacque, who are using two different assistant devices for their latrine that we had set up for them. They use a cement latrine seat and because of Jauq's blindness, he uses a string system in order to find the hole. Our second interview was with a wonderful lady by the name of Anastasie. She uses one of our Bidon tippers and we got some more information on the ussage of it and possible things to improve it. But, perhaps the most amazing part of the interview was being able to get more information on her oldest daughter, Martine. Jo especially got a lot out of this interview and was very intruiged by the daughter. And our third intervie was with a man by the name of Hippolyte. This was a very great experience for all of us. With the exception of Liz none of us had seen Hyppolyte but have heard stories and seen pictures of him. It was really great, with all the people but him especially, to physically be able to see what we have only been hearing about for so long.

Yesterday we got a lot accomplished, but all worked individually. Hannah and Liz had gone back to get good sleep Monday night and Emily came to join Jo and I!! Jo went with sister Alice to shadow her in the infirmary and has many stories that came from that visit! I followed sister Sophie at her sewing school and Emily went out with Marie Jean to start the surveys of the community. Overall we got a lot accomplished over the last couple of days!

Last night Jo and Liz stayed at the sisters while Hannah, Em and I stayed here! Then this morning Em and Hannah went to the sisters and interviewed them about embroidery and got more information for the brochures we want to create about them. I (Sarah!!!) stayed back and helped Dr. Norman finish up the power point for the workshop!! Yay for productivity!!!

God Bless!!

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