ovamboland.

The last 2 months have flown by.

On 16 June 2016, I officially swore in as a US Peace Corps Volunteer.
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US Ambassador, Thomas Daughton

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Josephine and Shekupe (Kaalina)

On 17 June 2016, I moved int0 my new home in Ondobe, Ohangwena, Namibia.

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We received our site placements about a month ago. But, I knew reading a description of my site on paper, and actually seeing it and living it, would be two different things.

Ondobe is located just south of Angola in the northern part of Namibia. It’s actually one of the last villages before you hit Angola.

The Four O Region, Ovamboland, The North, and Wambo Region are synonymous to one another, and I’m sure you will hear a mixture of these in the next two years. These area represents the regions of Omusati, Oshana, Oshikoto, and Ohangwena (the region Ondobe is located.)

So, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, here is my new home for the next two years.

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Just so you know, it’s nearly impossible to walk around Namibia without your feet getting covered in sand.

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My room. My host meme, Ottilie, asks, “Does everything have to be USA and Texas?”

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The pigs. We have pigs, goats, chickens, cats, a dog, and the other day I saw a calf roaming around.

 

While in Ondobe, I will be partnering with the Ministry of Health and Social Services while working in the local clinic.  My host meme, Ottilie, will also be my supervisor. She is the Nurse in Charge at the clinic.

I’ve already gotten apologies from friends in Texas about not being able to escape nurses.

My Primary Project:

–          Health outreach and education in the local community
–          Provide nutritional activities, education, etc.
–          Providing life skills to youth due to the fact Ondobe’s students are dropping out at an alarming rate due to pregnancies and risky behaviors.

So, tomorrow is my first day at my new job at the clinic, which is walking distances from my house. Which means, expect some FitBit challenge requests from me again.