Sunday, June 04, 2006

IST is over

It was sad to leave the training site again. IST was good, very interesting and informative. It's nice not having to worry about food or laundry.  I'll also miss the teachers, they're a lot of fun.  I've been in Niamey for a couple of days, and am ready to get out of here.  I'm not really ready to go back to my post yet, but I never am.  It's not that I don't like it, it's just like going home after a vacation; you don't want to, but once you're there, it's good to be back.  I came down with bacteria last night, right on schedule.  Stupid fever.  The doctors are great here though (and free) so no worries. 
I'll probably try to stay out in the bush for a month or so.  I need to start organizing people so we can build a grain bank, and I want to do a demo farm with some improved seeds from ICRISAT.  I also want to start a tree nursery this fall for some nitrogen-fixing Acacia trees.  I was amazed at how much they can improve the fertility of a field over just a couple of years.  It would be an awesome project, but I have to get the villagers to understand instead of just smiling and nodding. 
Well, that's all I've got for now, hopefully I'll see some of you online before I take off to the bush tomorrow.  And don't forget to save up for your plane tickets to come visit ;-)