Tell us briefly about those you love.
I’m really close with my parents, and I have two sisters also. I’m also still really close to my best friends from high school even after going out of state for college. My big thing is to stay in touch. Being in the Peace Corps it can be challenging, but I still manage and find time to reach out to them. It’s great too because both my family and friends have always been very supportive of me joining the Peace Corps.
What does your community celebrate?
There are a few large celebrations. One is a celebration of a birth of a child, which is a huge event! It’s called Denabo, or the naming ceremony. It happens one week after birth. During the ceremony, men congregate and pray. People also bring the mother gifts, such as soap, fabric, and food. Another celebration is called Kilé, which is a work party. It’s celebrated on the rice farms. Women in the community cook lunch and bring it to the fields where all the men gather to eat. Korité is the celebration of the end of Ramadan (30 days of fasting). Many people wear new outfits and there is a ton of food! Young girls dress up in their new clothes and go around asking for money, which I believe is to showcase their outfits.
What are your hopes?
My hope is to have some sort of impact in the community that I live in. I hope to identify the most serious issues and make valuable efforts to address them.