by Anne Ruelle
High: August has always been the best month of year, mostly because it is my birthday month. This year has been no different. The rains have cooled the temperature a little, we organized a free pap-smear clinic, and we received materials to start work on a public space where we can hold community meetings. Projects are picking up and it is very exciting to be a part of it.
Low: Honestly, this has been a fantastic month. My low is the easy “it’s always hot.”
Glitter: For my birthday, we celebrated with cake. balloon animals, a piñata, and a swarm of over 20 kids. It was crazy but a blast! In the evening I celebrated again with my neighbors and we ate a fruit cheesecake brought in from one of the big cities here. This is the second of three birthdays that I get to celebrate during my service.
Anne Ruelle graduated from Providence College in 2013. By working to promote social change and forming strong relationships, she hopes to be a part of creating a more just, equal world. She is currently a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Community Organization and Economic Development project in El Salvador and lives in a hot, rural community in the East. She loves eating pupusas, salsa dancing, and learning Salvadoran “caliche” (slang).
The contents of these posts are personal and do not reflect any position of the US government or Peace Corps.