Happy New Year!

A few items of housekeeping before I put up this next post.

  • First of all, happy new year to all! I will be celebrating 11 hours earlier than most of you, and then hopping on a train a few hours after midnight for a whirlwind New Year’s trip to the (remnants of the) Aral Sea. Wish me luck – I’ll let you all know how it goes. 😉 Here’s for 2010 bringing us all wisdom, happiness, spontaneity, adventure, self-knowledge and fond memories!
  • My blogosphere new year’s resolution: to post at least once a week and illuminate more aspects of my every day life here, rather than writing a novel of verbal vomit every time because so much has happened since my last log-on. While it’s tough with no internet access at home or at work, I still live in a city and feel that I should take advantage of what so few Peace Corps Volunteers have – the ability to get online at random internet cafes as I wish. So keep checking in, and I’ll try to update more frequently!
  • A reminder that you can text me for free here in Kaz through the internet. Would love to hear from you in the new year! 🙂 Instructions are on the right hand bar.
  • Whoever texted me about using my blog to research for their novel…that’s awesome but who are you?? Remember to sign your texts! 🙂 And please keep in mind the copyright (wayyy down there at the bottom).

Happy reading, and here’s to 2010!

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One Response to Happy New Year!

  1. Becca:I'll start by saying Happy New Year. Kazakhstan is a beautiful place, and I wish you the best for your stay there.I am COO of Water Charity, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that does water, sanitation, and public health projects worldwide. In July, 2009, we started our Appropriate Projects initiative to fund small water and sanitation projects very quickly. Applicants are limited to Peace Corps Volunteers, Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, and Peace Corps Response Volunteers.I am a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia ’66-’68), and am well aware of the difficulties Volunteers face in the field. Appropriate Projects is an addition to our regular Water Charity model that is allowing us to provide project resources to PCVs in the field immediately.Often there is that little project that must be done now (before the rains start, before school begins, or in response to a critical need), but there are no funds available. Traditional funding sources are cumbersome, and there are long forms, detailed requirements, limited resources, and long delays.PCVs working in water and sanitation usually have potential projects lined up. For those working in other program areas, there may be water components to their projects, or improvements needed where they work or teach. Sample projects may be: rainwater or spring catchments, handwashing stations, water systems, piping, tanks, pumps, latrines, wells, etc.We like to do the water and sanitation parts of projects for schools, clinics, and community centers. So, if you can get funding for the building and other stuff, we can help with things like the water supply, filters, sinks, plumbing, and drainage.We like to finish projects that have been started, and fix things that have ceased to function. We encourage follow-up projects that expand upon the successful completion of the first small project.If you have a project in mind, please fill out the application form. We want this to be easy for you, so we have developed a simple form that you can fill out in one sitting.If you have any questions about the appropriateness of your project, or you need some time to get it together, just let us know.We pre-fund projects, so you don’t have to wait around for donations to roll in.If you do not have a project that qualifies, please pass this message on to your fellow Volunteers who may have an interest. Finally, if this initiative resonates with you, please let others know what we are doing through your social networks, websites, and blogs.I look forward to hearing from you.Regards, Averill StrasserAppropriate Projectshttp://appropriateprojects.comWater Charityhttp://watercharity.org

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