Volunteer: Alison Thieme
Contributions from Alison Thieme
During an HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention bike tour, we held several condom races. Teams competed to demonstrate propler condom use and ran to the finish (a trash can). Here a woman runs to victory!
A woman sells regional hats and bracelets in the hot, arid town of Ambovombe. Since the Malagasy tradition is to bring a souvenir, "voandalana", she makes most of her sales to travelers passing through in bush taxis.
In celebration of Madagascar's Independence, the 26th of June ("vingt-six"), communities throw a large party. In the South-East region, dances are performed in order to raise money for local groups. Here men dance in a train as villagers come forward to contribute money at their feet.
My host-sister in Niger washes her feet after applying henna in preparation of the celebration of Tabaski.
In May 2011, eight PCVs in Madagascar met at Ranomafana National Park. We worked to paint the interior of the new visitors' center with images of endemic species. We also created a three dimensional topographical map of the park and surrounding area.
Peace Corps Volunteers speak about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in the Lac Alaotra region of Madagascar. 21 volunteers biked 220km in 10 days having a festival at each of 9 towns along the way after cycling into town. The educated Malagasy people on the purpose of Peace Corps, gave talks on each sector represented in Madagascar, and focused on how it relates to health. Using condom demonstrations, skits, games, races, speeches, and songs, PCVs prompted discussion of HIV/AIDS and other...