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Sonyenou - the Most Important Man in My Life

For the past 16 months or so I have been - what BeyoncĂ© has so graciously glamorized - a single lady.  I feel terrifically pathetic writing that, but I find solace in knowing there over 60 other Peace Corps gals in Togo who also own that title, whether proudly or otherwise. It wasn't always this way. When I entered this country, I was in a relationship with a very kind and supportive boyfriend. Following our breakup, there was a string of romances that resulted in nothing more than a tear or two and me reveling in the fact that I still have my freedom... This was all until I found Sonyenou Membouabe- the man of my dreams.

Lol! Totally joking. Sonyenou and I are light years from the romantic side of the relationship scale. We sit contently at the point of great friends. Sonyenou may not be my future husband, but he has been the most important man in my life for the past year and a half. I'm quite glad someone as genuinely good as him has this title. This came as a sort of sta…

Soursop - More Than a Name

This is in honor of the little soursop tree we are growing at my school. Fingers crossed it lives.
When I heard the word "soursop" I thought, "man, they'll make a word for anything these days! Soursop. That's an improperly disposed of mop!" But like most things, I was wrong because it is, in fact, a fruit.
Native to the tropical regions of the Americas and the Caribbean, soursop has an aroma similar to pineapple and a flavor sweet enough to misidentify it as candy. Imagine strawberry and apple, plus a bit of citrus. Now, mix in a creamy texture reminiscent of coconut and banana. Not only is it appreciated for its taste, but it is used medicinally as well.
In Togo, traditional medicine is a principal method of treating most illnesses. A danger of traditional medicine is that if the illness is mistreated, it may manifest until it is fatal. However, plant extracts may prove to be better and safer alternatives to fake medicines commonly purchased in markets if the…

So You're Going to Togo...

This blog answers the following questions: So I know the Peace Corps, like, helps people but what do you do exactly? Why does Togo request the presence of the Peace Corps?Why address gender in Togo? Let's begin. Peace Corps has a range of programs and most intersect each other. Some are related to improving the health of communities, providing agricultural support, and strengthening the economy. I am an English and Gender Education (EGE) volunteer. English education is teaching English. Gender education is encouraging equality and equity between men and women in Togo. Through teaching, I also support and help train other teachers. We have all heard of people going abroad and teaching English in another country. However, you may not have heard of "Gender Education" or why its important. This blog seeks to explain how these initiatives may help Togo.

According to UNICEF (2002), girls formed the majority of the 120 million children who never go to school in the developing …