|Our apartment on the second floor|
Ten months is not a long time. Depending on what you are doing for those ten months. Before we decided to move to
But ten months is a long time. Not in a "this is hard to live here" kind of long time, but in a "life changes a lot in ten months" sort of way. We've been in Koutiala for two months now, and we are realizing how much impact can and should be made in ten short months.
We first noticed it in our students. Working with a kindergarten student has to be one of the most rewarding positions in teaching, because not only do kindergartens make huge strides each month, but you can see the cognitive development daily. Ten months in the life of a kindergartener is the difference between being illiterate and having your world opened up by the ability to read. It's the difference between not being able to count past ten and being able to do computation problems involving addition and subtraction. The first ten months of school can shape how a child feels about school for the rest of his or her life.
|Our seven wonderful students!|
Out in the village
But the realization that ten months can change you a lot really dawned on us in just one short afternoon experience here in
|At the Pig Farm|
|The little boy with malaria|
|Typical scene at a Malian housing compound|
|Silas (Brett & Sheri's youngest) looks a gift chicken in the mouth.|
The heart of the matter
|The wing of the hospital where Julie has her prenatal check-ups.|
Brian and Julie