Hi everyone! I just wanted to post a quick note letting you know that in the next few months I will hopefully be applying for the “Peace Corps Partnership Program” whereby I can submit project proposals, which then get posted online, and request donations. The way this works is I come up with a budget for the project in which my community must be willing to give 25% (to ensure they are really invested in the idea and not just going to request as much money as possible), and then a description goes up online and you can donate! These are for small-scale projects (couple thousand U.S. dollars or less) and processing usually takes several weeks to several months. I am floating a number of ideas around with my work partners right now, and I just wanted to give you a heads up. SO… if you were thinking about sending me a package, that’s very kind, but INSTEAD, save the cash and get ready to donate in the next couple months (things happen more slowly here).

That’s all :)

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4 Responses to FYI

  1. Heidi, We look forward to reading about your project. Are you thinking of after Peace Corps? Or are you thinking of staying in Benin another year? Have you made it up north to my old hometown of Kerou?

    I recently spent 6 weeks in Uganda helping start the ox-powered aspects of a conservation farming project using minimum tillage. We’ll be working on it for at least 2 years.

    Dick Roosenberg

    • Heidi says:

      Hi Dick! Great to hear from you. It’s looking like the project I’ll be starting will be setting up a hen house to raise chickens for eggs. I asked my work partners what the village needed and they thought this would be a good idea, since eggs are difficult to get in my village and there is a vet and animal husbandry technician that lives nearby and can help us. It will take some time to get the details and budget together, but I’ll post about it here once I know more. I haven’t decided what I’ll be doing after Peace Corps yet. I’m coming home to the U.S. for a visit end of June, and I’m hoping to make up my mind about whether or not I’ll be applying for grad school right after Peace Corps or looking for a job. I haven’t been to Kerou yet, but I have been to Natitingou and Tanguieta in the north. I’m happy to hear the ox-powered training is underway at Tiller’s Uganda site! Good luck with that!

  2. Grandma Hazel says:

    Hi! Carol is showing me how to get your blog – she came up from Rochester today. We met Krista, Brant and Grady for lunch at Byerly’s. Krista has completed her schedule for the next 2 years in medical school. Brant will be starting a new job on Monday at Urologix in Plymouth as a research design engineer. Grady is now 4 years old and already an “expert skier” !

    It is a beautiful day here – sunny and rather cool.

    Happy St.Patrick’s Day tomorrow! Carol got us some “Irish” cookies – shamrocks – which look very tasty.

    Hope all is going well for you, Heidi

    Lots of love,

    Grandma Hazel

  3. OK—I’ll hold on the package… I’m super excited to support your project! I’ll spread the word, too. Go, Heidi!

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