Monday, February 04, 2008



This weekend, to celebrate the start of the school year and the arrival of new PCVs we had a pig roast in Ile. We had 25 people over and roasted two pigs. we even had a pig pinata filled with candy and condoms, and a chocolate cake with a pig on a spit made in frosting.
School is probably starting this week, Tuesday, and Eli had class in the morning and afternoon, although the same number of classes as last year. This year she is teaching 9th grade, so she gets to follow her students from last year.
One of the projects we started last year was the creation of a room at school to serve as an HIV/AIDS counseling/resource center, and also as a base of operations for our youth group. We had only started to clear out a room (that the school donated) and were going to finish the project this year. So we decided to ask for funds from CNCS, the Mozambican AIDS fund. As part of the process we had to submit the proposal to our district administration to get their approval and for them to certify that we are an actual group. However, admin came back and said that they liked the proposal so much they wanted to skip CNCS and fund it themselves. They also said they wanted to give us more money than we had originally asked for (which was over $1200). It's pretty exciting, and should be a really great project.

So, pictures. On top we have Brian and Bethany with one of the pigs, on our homemade brick oven. On bottom people took turns taking a broom to the pig pinata!

Looks like you had a great pig roast. Glad it worked out well. I am off to Lanzarote for a week but will call when I get back to Barcelona to catch up. Love, Mommy
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