ghosts and clouds and nameless things

This summer, in the beautiful borderlands of Northern Ukraine, a fellow PCV and I have organized a healthy lifestyles summer camp. This will be the first time youth from this region of Ukraine will have the opportunity to attend a Peace Corps operated summer camp.Kids and counselors at a healthy lifestyles camp, summer 2011!

The camp will be an English-language healthy lifestyles camp which will focus on teaching attendees (ages 12-15) about healthy lifestyle choices, sports and sportsmanship, leadership, and effective decision-making. The campers will get a chance to live for a week in an active and fun community. Each day they will learn new sports, participate in contests and attend healthy lifestyles classes. Campers will also receive HIV/AIDS awareness and tolerance training in their native language (conducted by the youth leadership team from my site!)

It’s going to be amazing, that’s a guarantee, but we can’t do it without your support! Please consider donating towards our project, any amount, no matter how small, is tremendously appreciated!

As a bonus, every donor will have access to a camp blog, complete with updates about the project’s progress, and pictures and video from the camp itself, as well as be the recipient of handwritten thank you letters from the camper’s themselves. :)

As a bonus, Every donor will have access to a camp blog, complete with updates about the project’s progress, and pictures and video from the camp itself, as well as be the recipient of handwritten thank you letters from the camper’s themselves. 

Campers and counselors at a healthy lifestyles camp, summer 2011!

some of my students, waiting in line to check out book from the new English-language library

some of my students, waiting in line to check out book from the new English-language library

I just got the most astounding news. As of twenty minutes ago, the North Texas RPCV Association has fully funded my youth sports center project. 

I am rendered almost speechless by their immense generosity. Thank you! Thank you from the very bottom of my heart!

Today is definitely a red-letter day! My smile couldn’t be wider.

Please remember that you can be a part of Peace Corps legacy by helping out the projects of Peace Corps Volunteers - which you can find here

Peace Corps Volunteers in Ukraine - tellin’ it like it is, shakin’ things up, makin’ a difference. :)
High five Project 527!

Some of the participants in my first “International Sports Weekend” - including other Peace Corps Volunteers. It went wonderfully!(I’m the girl in the orange baseball cap.)

Some of the participants in my first “International Sports Weekend” - including other Peace Corps Volunteers. It went wonderfully!

(I’m the girl in the orange baseball cap.)

PEPFAR

My counterpart and I have been invited to attend the 16th PEPFAR Conference in Kamyanets-Podilskyi this September. In my oh-so-development-orientated-geeky-Peace-Corps-way, I am absolutely psyched.

Note: PEPFAR stands for (U.S.) President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. My local counterpart and I hope to start a combined HIV awareness and youth leadership program in our region, ideally handing the program over to the students and having them run it, with minimal adult involvement - a peer-to-peer HIV education network to combat myths and stereotypes and disseminate potentially life-saving information about prevention and treatment.

Unfortunately, Ukraine has one of the fastest growing HIV/AIDS epidemics in the world.
The majority of those infected are under 30 years of age; a full 25% of those affected are still in their teens.

Check out USAID for more info:
http://www.usaid.gov/our_work/global_health/aids/Countries/eande/ukraine.html