by Anne Ruelle
High: In the very first few days of September, we held the first ever Parade for a Clean and Healthy Community to raise awareness for how garbage should be disposed of. The students from the school made signs encouraging people to put their garbage in its proper place and not to burn it. They also performed two skits and some came out in costumes made only of recycled materials.
Low: I have been healthy so far, but I’ve started hearing of a few cases of chikungunya nearby, a very painful virus transmitted by mosquitoes. I’ll have to be super vigilant about bug spray.
Glitter: September is Independence Month for El Salvador, with Independence Day being celebrated on September 15th. There were night processions with torches, more parades, a live band playing traditional “campo” (country) music, fireworks, and traditional foods served before dawn (3:00am…I didn’t quite make it).
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.