Sunday, May 16, 2010
A little bit of optimism...
I often mention that being in Africa is about rolling with the punches and taking the hits as they come, but sometimes things just magically fall into place, like they did last Friday.
On Thursday we had a meeting with a teacher from the primary school about a special HIV day they were going to have - the next day. It turned out that we did our presentation to about 500 students!
Now, this is how things happen here. Magically, all of a sudden the students have a morning off of class to learn from invited guests.
The police were coming to speak about rape and underage drinking, and nurses and others from the clinic were coming to speak about HIV and teen pregnancy.
We had less than 24 hours to prepare a presentation, so we got to work and came up with an awesome presentation that we were all happy with, complete with scenarios, information and posters.
We decided to speak about healthy living and regular testing; two subjects that are often overlooked when it comes to HIV education.
Everything came together in a strange way like it usually doesn't here. Perhaps I shouldn't always be so pessimistic...