April 6th, 2014

With each passing hour of mostly safe elections, the Afghan take over their own country and process.  Well done team

Inequality in Kabul

March 13th, 2014

In our old office there was plenty of men’s bathrooms and the 2 female bathrooms didn’t work, were wet and dirty and had no light. We lived with unattended to emails asking for upgrades, lines to use the dirty places, and eye rolling to complaints that the women’s needs weren’t attended to.

In our new office, there are so many bathrooms that nearly all offices (but mine) have a toilet in them, but people aren’t using them because it isn’t appropriate to use the bathroom if someone is in the room next door ( you might make noises that aren’t proper), and if the office has men and women in them, then absolutely not a space to use.  So the men are limited to the “common” bathrooms on each floor.  Well there isn’t enough of them for toileting and aboluting before prayers.

The men are emailing complaints for lack of facilities.  Guess what.  Action being taken

Even though we just celebrated Women’s Day we still have made to many steps forward, as men’s need matter more than women’s need in AFG.

Birthdays in AFG don’t matter

March 6th, 2014

No one cares about birthdays or saying kind things or even giving the person a congrats.  Shameful really.  I think this country would be a bit more positive if people acknowledged each other on their day and said, “hope you have a nice year.”  They don’t know how to cut the cake, serve it and enjoy.

Very sad really.  Kids don’t know these things and adults could give a rat’s  ………………………..

Another Olympics

February 11th, 2014

I’ve watched both summer and winter Olympics in Afghanistan many times.  Time ticks away and the number of months and years that I have logged in AFG lengthens.  for that I am  happy and proud.  I wonder when I will start dreaming in Pashtu.

Barf Land

February 6th, 2014

Kabul has finally gotten a deep pile of barf.

We have been waiting and we are all happy.

Uncertain Times

January 29th, 2014

Just over a week ago Kabul was rocked by the attack on a restaurant killing 21 people. Within this week several bombers blew themselves up against Afghan Police forces. Lots of “posturing” to let people know.  In the meantime Karzai says he won’t sign the agreement with US to keep troops here and security strong unless the US stops giving money to the Pakistan government. Each day at work, we sit and think about how to plan programming and staff location with the upcoming election on April 5th. Who stays in country? Which internationals leave for some time?  How do we handle programming in the field during that time.  School would have just started for the year, and then elections, with many polling places located at schools.  Will the Ministry of Education begin school early?  Will they just wait until the whole election process is over?       Everything is a moving target here.  Makes one work on Plan A, B, C, D, E, F……………………….

Comrads Down Tonight

January 17th, 2014

The bomb could be felt from 10 blocks away. The small arm fire fight was just as clear.

14 people have been killed so far.

Kabul favorite restaurant amongst the foreigner crowd, was attacked with a body born bomb attack  followed by lots of small arms fire.

foreigners and nationals dead

If you have ever eaten at La Taverna, you will join me in hoping that the little boy who begged every night in front of the place, come rain, wind or shine, didn’t get caught up in the event.

Winter in Action

January 11th, 2014

Well the yearly frozen pipe, hold off on a shower season has arrived, but of course, the 6 inch flood I arrived home to after vacation happened before the deep freeze moved in.

Key Lime Pie

December 31st, 2013

The grow them good down here

Ran to the Hills of the Himalyans

December 14th, 2013

Wow – what a place.  I get my energy from the ocean, yet I am refreshed by those big hills.

Kathmandu for a training in Early Childhood Education.  Good Stuff.  I wish I could set up a preschool in every village in Afghanistan, full of great toys, dress up corners, blocks, sand and water tables and craft corners.

Anyone want to help?