Lauren in Morocco

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

CBT, host family, possible projects

Today we leave for our CBT training, during which we will stay with a host family every night of the week. Until now we've had training everyday that focuses more on the technical aspects of what we will be doing. My CBT family is "bizef" (large) and consists of 8 people, the youngest is 6 and the oldest being 95. I have the second largest host family out of everyone in our training group, the largest belongs to male who will have 10 members in his family. I make up for the two lacking people in the form of animals..as my family has a donkey, a cat, a sheep, a chicken, and a dog. They also have two girls around my age, which I'm excited about because it is necessary to have friends that are from your host country. Another random piece of information, as you all know I love the jellabahs, slippers, etc. Last night after soccer I went with Fatima and another PCV to have our very own jellabahs tailored. This costs about 30 dollars and you actually are able to choose the material you want and the style.
This week we also had several volunteers visits and possible projects we will be working on were discussed. With the PC health program we will be working directly with the ministry of health in Morocco and my counterpart will likely be someone who works at the local spitar or with the ministry of health. In Morocco 44% of the population is rural and accessibility to running water is the main problem in rural areas. In many rural areas if running water is avalible it is often not sanitary resulting in infant deaths in the first year of life. Out of the rural population 35-40% have access to running water, which leads to many projects in which the PC tries to establish methods for obtaining running water. I'll write more later, but basically several projects that current PC's are working on involve running water, safe drinking water, proper sanitation methods (disease is wide-spread in rural areas), the creation of wells and piping, health education, basic education, family planning, infant vaccinations, UN water projects, and several involving operation smile.

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