Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Back

Just a quick update to let everyone know that I made it back from vacation. And yes, I got to Mali, although not far enough north to see the beginnings of the Sahara desert. But I did witness the most spectacular natural scenery of my life in Dogon Country, in southern Mali. See below for a few teaser pics; a more detailed account of my trip should come soon.

Right now work is a little bit hectic. We currently have one guest visiting Sarah Takaki and me at the CWSA, and we’re expecting another guest at the end of this week. The first guest is Sara Ehrhardt, who was integral in the formation of EWB way back in 2000 and is now doing a master’s degree at Harvard University. She’s come to Ghana to visit EWB volunteers and evaluate our impact strategy (how are we helping to effect change for the better in the lives of the poor here?) and help determine how to better incorporate gender issues into our work.

The second guest is Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, who’s on EWB’s Advisory Board. She’s a prominent academic in the development world, and is the former director of the United Nations Development Programme Human Development Reports. She’s currently doing a fellowship at Harvard University and is interested in learning more about EWB’s impact model, so she’s also coming to Ghana to meet with some EWB volunteers (including Sarah and me). So I’m a little freaked out about this, but at the very least we should get some excellent feedback on the project that we’re developing.

More updates to come soon.

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Anonymous said...

Yo Luke what is that castle made out of, sand? How big is it? Post more pics of Mali.