Being raised to be environmentally concision and spending the last 6 years studying water I try to limit my water use. Thought I suppose the number of pools I’ve swam in over the years may have offset this a bit. Collecting my own water from a well everyday, I’ve become even more aware of my … More What’s my water use?
Due to some ongoing problems with my housing, security, and work in Befotaka I will be moving sites. I’ll be moving to Ambohimanarina in the SAVA region. SAVA is in the northeast part of the country and is where most of the vanilla is grown. While the roads within the region are better than average … More I’m Moving!
I can’t say I’ve ever wanted to be on a reality TV show, or even watched much reality TV. I also never have been nor likely ever will be famous enough for people to want to know and comment on every tiny thing I do every day. However, I feel like I have experienced the … More The Vazaha reality TV show
I guess the technically I get my water from the same pool of water that has been cycling around the globe for billions of years just like everyone else, but as that isn’t a very specific answer here are the details. During the dry season at my site it rains maybe 2 or 3 times … More Where’s my water from?
The Bara tribe of Madagascar lives in the southern part of Madagascar around Ihosy and Isalo National Park. They are traditionally zebu (cow) herders and the majority of the people in this region still rely on cattle as their source of income. Isalo National Park is still used by the Bara people for burials. When … More Bara Burial Traditions
Droughts and flooding are a problem all over the world. Many areas of Madagascar are prone to droughts, flooding, cyclones or a combination of the three. One of the goals of agricultural volunteers is to improve food security and help farmers become more resilient to the unpredictable forces of nature. Currently the southern portion of … More Mada Water Issues: drought
A few weeks ago an NGO called PSI (population services international) visited my site. They have a traveling media vehicle that goes around the north talking to towns about various health topics. At my site PSI and I spent the day going around spreading the word about the program that evening and talking to all … More PSI Visits
The western park of Madagascar is home to the slightly strange looking baobab tree. These trees can live for hundreds of years. One legend says that the baobab used to be the most beautiful tree on earth, but then the devil became jealous and flipped the tree upside down so that he could view it from … More POTD: Sacred Baobab
‘Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house,Not a creature was stirring, except for the mouse The buckets were under the roof eves with care, In hopes that a rain storm soon would be there The lizards were nestled all snug in their beds, While visions of sweet insects danced in their heads … More ‘Twas the night before Christmas
With the rainy season just around the corner many people in the community are taking this time to replace their roofs. While some people have tin roofs, many, like the one seen here, are made out of banana leaves. Theses are great because they are cheap, local, and cooler than tin. The downside is that … More POTD: Roof Repairs