Friday, October 21, 2011

fall, leaves, fall

    Fall, leaves, fall
By Emily Bronte

Fall, leaves, fall; die, flowers, away;

Lengthen night and shorten day;

Every leaf speaks bliss to me

Fluttering from the autumn tree.

I shall smile when wreaths of snow

Blossom where the rose should grow;

I shall sing when night’s decay

Ushers in a drearier day.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hello Chanel.. yes I love you

Dear Chanel,
Why and how are you so perfect in every way? Is it cliche' to love you as deeply and sincerly as I do?
Perhaps I should be ashamed of my admiration, yet somehow I cannot help but shout it from the roof tops. Yes, Chanel, I love you, dearly, hopelessly, endlessly, unabashadley. I do.

As Sincere as I can be,

xx j

Monday, January 24, 2011

I am not sorry to say...


I am not sorry to say that I love the French, nor that I am back and better than ever! 
I will not appologize for my sporadic posts over the last five months either. However, please know I will be posting the back log of my trip to Africa, highlighting different moments of my expadition and explaining what the hec I was doing in Africa for 4 months! 
I've missed you blog world.. but I retun with an inexpressible glee! 

For now, enjoy this short film "Time Doesn't Stand Still" by NOWNESS
and remember why you too love the French! 

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Meet Rosa

Meet Rosa, my love.. the woman that greeted me every morning as I awoke. She made the CY house a home and took good care of us. She and I communicated mostly through hand gestures spotted with silly broken portuguese. She'd just laugh at me when I'd try to communicate. 
I miss this woman and hope to see her very soon. 

P.S. Cake

P.S. This was hand delivered to me as I wrote my last blog post. 
Someone out there must love me.. A LOT!

P.P.S. Yes, it is as good as it looks.


The second night of each trip we spent the night in the village of Gumbane. 
This particular village has not had any contact with westerners until they met Cecilia (our contact) and then the Could You participants two years ago. Could You has built a very strong relationship with the people of Gumbane helping them tackle some fundamental issues. 

The Mommas
Joseph and I at Gumbane.
Joseph was one of our translators. Christine and I spent lots of time with Joseph for the month. We became very close friends. 
The wrap I am wearing over my jeans is called a Kaplana, all of the women are required to wear them in the rural areas. 
Two of the women I quickly befriended, wearing their beautiful Kaplanas. 
Momma Martha's house, one of the richer houses in the village of 2000 people. 
The straw structure you see to the left of the image is one of the latrines that last years Could You trip introduced. The people of Gumbane had never heard the concept of a latrine, they could not conceive of  relieving themselves in the same spot twice. However, the "dig a hole in the bush" method was greatly contaminating their crops and causing unsanitary living conditions. 
We were pleased to see the use of latrines implemented but we also realized they are still struggling to catch onto the concept. All in due time!
These boys stopped their game of soccer and started jumping and doing flips when they saw us approaching. They were really happy to see us. 
Jeff showing the boys pictures of themselves. 
Were were gathered around the well discussing the issue of water. 
One of the previous Could You teams built this well to help gain greater access to water keeping contaminants out. Sadly this is an incredibly poor water source, that does not tap into enough water to supply everyone, and the water that is there is salt water.. which is incredibly unhealthy to drink. Because of the poor access to clean water, the people of Gumbane are unable to grow crops, keep livestock or keep sanitary conditions. 
They are basically starving and many do not live past the age of 44. 
Drury (with the pink shaul) has connected us to a water treatment company and we are working closely with Africa Works (will speak of them in greater length) to help solve the Gumbane water crisis. 
Tracey Webster, our lead African correspondent connecting with one of the little Gumbane girls. 
Two of the Mommas fixing Michelle's Kaplana, 
"Kaplana NO!"
P.S. google Michelle Courtney Berry.. I dare you!

This is Celia our connection to Gumbane and the first westerner to enter the community.
We brought beans, rice and chicken to cook with the ladies and share dinner with 60 people. 
We ended the night with songs and discussing around the fire. It was a joy to hear from their hearts and for them to ask us questions about our lives. 
We all stayed the night sleeping in the homes of three families. It was such a privilege to hear from their hearts and to partner with them to help better their living situation. 

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Corrie's children's center

I know I have already written about Corrie and the children she cares for... but I thought I would give you an update on Llieza and the other children. 

Above is a video that was made a couple weeks before I arrived. 
It was truly a testament to be able to visit with Corrie and the children, who are thriving and healthy, thanks to Corrie and her brilliant staff. 

They were celebrating their monthly birthdays.
One of the games they played was bobbing for candy.
This little boy above was brought to Corrie as an infant dying from five different strains of Malaria, AIDS and TB. He is clearly healthy and thriving. Such a clown.

Me with some of the older girls.
Griselda is above. She quickly became one of my best friends.

This is Joseph, one of our translators. He is a long time friend of Corrie and the kids. They also celebrated his birthday with the rest.
This is Llieza three days after I wrote that initial post. She was doing so much better and even back to school. Truly a miracle. 

I am planning a trip back to Mozambique before I return to the states and I plan to make a family photo album for Corrie and give it to her when I return. 

We are still thinking and working on a plan to help Corrie become financially sustainable and to gain some more help.