Life Through Photos

I wanted to share some of my favorite photos of my time in Guinea. 

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Life Through Photos

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Me with members of a gardening collective. They gave me their biggest cucumber from the recent harvest to pose with.Image

My sisters eating breakfast in the morning before school.Image

 

The beach in my village.

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Children carrying cooking wood back to their homes.ImageImage

We dance every day here.

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Cows and palm trees dot the coast here.

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the three men in charge of the gardening collective near me. The man in the middle is Mangue TP, my counterpart.

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My counterpart’s wife and the many children of their compound. Don’t ask me the relations because I couldn’t tell you.

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My host mother preparing palm oil using the fruits harvested from her plantation.

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My host-mom recently got remarried and looked fabulous as hell.

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My super fly sister and best friend, Hadja. She is ridiculously hilarious and keeps me on my toes.

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A petite in the garden wondering what the weird Fote was doing with a camera.Image

 

Another shot of the beach in Koba. Come visit.

 

 

 

 

Life Through Photos

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My counterpart pounding leaves of a local tree species rich in Nitrogen to make an organic fertilizer.

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Group shot of a gardening collective, or groupement in French, I visited to learn about their practices, what they’re missing, what they’re interested in working on and how motivated they are. They grow corn, pepper, eggplant, and okra during the dry season. 

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My counterpart, Mangue TP, at his (our? I work with him there every day) garden. We just created those garden beds behind him and he is standing next to an orange tree nursery.

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Garden beds at a groupement I visited.Image

My friend Marijo and my host-sister Djenab. They are in their school uniforms and are about to walk 10 kilometers to attend class. They are both mothers.

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My counterpart and his wife in front of their house. Mangue is a trained architect and built and designed the house himself.Image

One of the older brothers in my house family is a serious enterepeneur and extremely intelligent. He lives in the capitol but when he comes back to Koba for work or to visit the family, I give him English lessons. He called me out of the blue yesterday and asked me if I was home because a carpenter and an electrician were on the way to install an outlet and a socket in my room to run off of the family generator. Good karma has brought me LIGHT!!!

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The view of my house from the front door.Image

My brand new screen door to keep critters out.Image

Garden beds mulched with hay at a groupement I visited.

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My friend Mariam and her two sons, David Jr. and Papi.

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Members of a groupement posing in front of their garden bed — pepper and corn and the Guinean stare-down. Guineans don’t have the same desire to say “Cheese” when the camera pulls out.

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Took a bike ride along the beach.

 

 

 

Life Through Photos

G25 Basse Cote Volunteers eating a family dinner with our Regional Coordinator and guard. We made italian food!

G25 Basse Cote Volunteers eating a family dinner with our Regional Coordinator and guard. We made italian food!

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Alia, my 4 yr old host brother in Dubreka.

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Washing clothes in Dubreka. This was clearly taken at the beginning of the process because I’m not covered in soap and sweat.

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Jamming with some local drummers during a cultural fair we had at the Peace Corps bureau in Dubreka during PST.

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M’balu,, my host cousin in Dubreka. During the 2 months I lived with her, she learned how to walk and stopped breast feeding.

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My host-brother Mamadi and host cousin Seydouba at the swearing-in ceremony in Dubreka.

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En route to the swearing-in ceremony, AKA moving out of Dubreka and to site. Thank god for large families to help carry everything!

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