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Sewing Classes for Young Teens

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Right before the holidays, we had another sewing class. This group of young women were about 14 years of age. It is so rewarding to see how engaged they are with learning this skill. It is my hope to inspire financial literacy and entrepreneurial interest in these young ladies to offer a path beyond early marriage and motherhood. To that end, we are working on a new curriculum to offer levels of sewing projects in conjunction with other  DREAMS  lessons like: HIV education and prevention, Domestic Abuse prevention, hygiene, condom use and more. We hope that this will keep the youth engaged and excited about building a stronger future for themselves. I am looking forward to what we will accomplish in 2020! View this post on Instagram Another great sewing class today! #HIV #familyplanning #STI #stis #PeaceCorps #africa #saaj #health #mozambique #sida #nweti #Dreams #girlempowerment #entrepreneurship #peacecorpsmozambique

I am Back in Ketosis!

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I am on day 4 of a strict keto diet and as of this morning, my test strips are detecting high levels of ketones in my urine! I'm really happy about this!

Sewing Class with the Nweti Organization

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Today, I partnered with the  Nweti Organization   https://nweti.org/en/  to teach sewing lessons to these special young ladies. I am so grateful to be serving here in Xai-Xai with this welcoming community. We will be conducting these palestras at least twice a week in addition to the daily lessons at the SAAJ unit. The Peace Corps is proud to work with USAID  and with funding from President George W. Bush's PEPFAR  initiative to combat HIV/AIDS in Africa.   View this post on Instagram Today, I partnered with the Nweti Organization to teach sewing lessons to these special young ladies. I am so grateful to be serving here in #xaixai with this welcoming community. We will be conducting these palestras at least twice a week in addition to the daily lessons at the #SAAJ unit. http://www.countdowntofreedom.net/2019/12/sewing-class-with-nweti-organization.html #HIV #familyplanning #STI #stis #PeaceCorps #africa #

Another Bolsa Design

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Another #bolsa design I created. I am teaching sewing lessons to youth made vulnerable by #HIV #poverty #abuse and #neglect. These #bolsas are very easy to make with readily available and affordable materials so they can create and sell them for money. View this post on Instagram Another #bolsa design I created. I am teaching sewing lessons to youth made vulnerable by #HIV #poverty #abuse and #neglect. These #bolsas are very easy to make with readily available and affordable materials so they can create and sell them for money. #HIV #familyplanning #STI #stis #PeaceCorps #africa #saaj #health #mozambique #sida #peacecorpsmozambique #peacecorpshealth #publichealth #peacecorpsafrica #PeaceCorpsVolunteer #hivtesting #goabroad #nationalservice A post shared by Kandace Blevin (@kandaceblevin) on Dec 18, 2019 at 12:41am PST

Today's Sewing Lesson at SAAJ

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This morning's sewing lesson at SAAJ. The goal for these lessons is to give the young people the skills to create their own designs with low-cost materials that are readily available so that they can sell them and make money. View this post on Instagram This morning's sewing lesson at SAAJ. The goal for these lessons is to give the young people skills to create their own designs with low-cost materials that are readily available so that they can sell them and make money. #HIV #familyplanning #STI #stis #PeaceCorps #africa #saaj #health #mozambique #sida #peacecorpsmozambique #peacecorpshealth #publichealth #peacecorpsafrica #PeaceCorpsVolunteer #hivtesting #goabroad #nationalservice A post shared by Kandace Blevin (@kandaceblevin) on Dec 18, 2019 at 12:19am PST

Partnerships With Other Orgs

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Following up on my earlier post, I also had another challenging experience yesterday. As you know, if you've seen my other posts, I have been working on sewing classes for the people at SAAJ. One of the local partner organizations would like me to help teach lessons for their groups. This has been in discussion for months now, but just recently came to fruition. Yesterday, after our clean up, we had a group meeting to discuss logistics about getting me to the groups to teach. Naturally, I only understood some of the content of the meeting, so today, I get to discover the rest of the information. The plan is to teach life skills to young men and women who are considered vulnerable due to HIV, abuse, poverty, lack of education, etc. The DREAMS initiative is designed to address and support this need to help empower youth. I love that I can be a part of this!

Clean Up Day at the Hospital

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One of the biggest challenges I face in living and working in Mozambique is learning Portuguese and Changana (the local language). I received intensive lessons during training, and I continue studying every day. I feel like I know what I'm doing, and many casual conversations are no problem, but when I really need to understand and be understood, I rely on Google Translate. A perfect case in point, on Mondays (Segunda-Feira) we have a hospital-wide staff meeting. Naturally, it is conducted in Portuguese. Depending upon how functioning my brain is, I will understand about 70-80% of it.  This Monday, I remembered hearing about a cleanup day. I knew they talked about people helping. I knew they were discussing how we were all going to be doing it. What I didn't realize was that it was happening the next day, Tuesday (Terca-Feira) and it would be yardwork. View this post on Instagram Clean up day at the hospi

Keto Breakfast in Mozambique

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I am on Day 3 of restarting my Keto diet. Since being in Mozambique for nearly 7 months, I have not had a refrigerator which makes it challenging to keep many foods necessary for the keto diet. 28 Day Keto Plan

Hello From Mozambique!

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Hello! I am recording from Mozambique, Africa. I am now a Peace Corps volunteer. I have been offline for a while because of so many things that I will discuss.  For now, I am back and hope to post more often.  https://youtu.be/K5D6DHRF6ww

Why Am I Here?

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It is so difficult to adequately describe my life here in Mozambique. It is wild, beautiful, verdant and also heart-breaking. The people here are so open and caring. They have a communal attitude, so everything is shared. They simply do not understand the American desire for personal space and boundaries. There are deep, systemic problems here. Poverty, lack of education, rampant HIV and malaria are so common here that it is simply a way of life. Everyone knows someone...many someones... who have been affected by death. View this post on Instagram SAAJ scenes... #PeaceCorps #peacecorpsmozambique #peacecorpshealth #peacecorpsafrica #PeaceCorpsVolunteer #nature #naturephotography #africa #mozambique #xaixai A post shared by Kandace Blevin (@kandaceblevin) on Nov 25, 2019 at 6:55am PST Yet, there is an openness and attitude of service that could be a model to the rest of the world. They may not have much, but what