Week 3 from Berbice and beyond!

Good afternoon everyone!

In the schools this week we continued our introductory lecutres on sexual health, adapting our lesson plans for children as young as grade 6 in Massiah and 59 Primary Schools to young adults at the Vryman’s Erven Training Center.  We’ve loved getting a number of inquisitive questions both in our anonymous question box and in person.  We hope it continues for the remainder of project!

Eric teaching about menstruation at 59 primary School

Ali hanging out with Junior at the Letter Kenny Youth Friendly Space

Eric and Varsha posing for a pic!

Ali taking the kids through a lesson at the Youth Friendly Space
On Friday we left for Georgetown and made it just in time to join our fellow peer educators at the Ruimveldt Youth Center.  It was an energy packed start to our weekend in Georgetown and quite a contrast to our Berbice country livin’.  Later that night we had the opportunity to cheer on Steve as he made his amateur cricket debut.  We had a great time enjoying some local Guyanese food and great company.  The rest of the independence long weekend flew by and we even got to spend some time apart for a change.  On Saturday morning, Eric had to chance to catch up with Steve on a mandate as they got authentic Guyanese haircuts and grabbed a vegetarian lunch.  Ali also spent some time walking the seawall with the ladies of the Georgetown crew.

Ali teaching a Form 2 class at Tagore Secondary School
We are finally back home and feel re-energized and feel ready to take on the unofficial 2nd leg of our project.  Our week has been off to a great start as we wrap up some sexual health lessons.  Just this morning we had our first lesson at a new school – Lower Corentyne Secondary School.  This is an exciting addition to our schedule and we look forward to returning to teach more sessions with such engaging students!  Another exciting opportunity we look forward to is collaborating with the Guyana Foundation – a local mental health resource in the country, which we have recently been connected with.
That’s it for this week, were ready for the many lessons left to come.  Look out for some special feature blog posts in the upcoming weeks.

On another note, the rainy season has officially arrived.  Our morning runs have been tougher to take on – but we’re still smiling.

Ali and Eric
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