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What Has Happened to my World?

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Nothing makes sense anymore. I don't recognize the world I am living in. I feel like I'm wandering aimlessly. 
Has it only been a few months since I was in Mozambique? I certainly had my challenging days there, but overall, I understood my mission. Since being back in America, I feel like I am drifting. I have been able to spend some time with my family, and occasionally visit with friends, but mostly, I am home. 
I send endless resumes into the ether, and the only response I receive is, "thank you, but we decided to go another direction." I have never had a problem finding a job, yet here I am, unemployed, and hoping I can find something before my benefits run out. 
I speak to my friends overseas almost daily, yet I have no answers about when or how I will ever be able to visit again. For the first time in my life, America is considered an unsafe place, and Americans are too riddled with Covid19 to be allowed into the countries of even our oldest allies. What happened?…

Confusion and Clarity

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And just like that, my Peace Corps service is over.

It is certainly not the way that I saw it ending, but here we are.

Covid 19 has forced us all to take a look at our lives and lifestyles. I will be forever grateful to the people of Mozambique for opening their lives to me and allowing me to be a part of it for this past year. There are so many things that I wanted to do, and now the time is over.

The last week has been a blur with travel. I had to take a chapa (something like a van that is used for public transportation in Mozambique) from my site in Xai-Xai to the capital city of Maputo. The next day, I flew to Johannesburg, South Africa. Next was Johannesburg to Dubai, then Dubai to New York. The final flight was to my home in Charleston, SC. With all of the time zones, I have no real idea of how many hours I was actually in transit.

Since being home, I have been in self-quarantine. I only leave the house to go on a daily walk/run for 5 miles (10km). I figure if I must be on lock…

Happy 46th Birthday to Me

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I am 46 years old today. I'm celebrating my birthday from my home now in Xai-Xai, Mozambique.

When I look back at my old birthday posts, it is always fascinating to see how things have changed year over year. For example, last year, I was celebrating my birthday during Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana. The year before, I celebrated with my darling Olaf in Charleston, South Carolina. For my 43rd birthday, I was living in Key Largo, Florida.

Sewing Bags for School

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Today's sewing class in the Inhamissa community. These ladies are working on small bolsas today. In our next class, we will be creating school bags.

The goal of these projects is to teach these young people a skill that they can use to start their own business. The beauty of this project is that they are made with readily available and affordable materials, so it is very easy and accessible for them. They can use the money to support their families or pay for their education.

Here is Mozambique, secondary school requires money to attend. As such, some families, particularly in rural areas, may decide not to send their daughters to school. This typically sets them up for early marriage and parenthood, ensuring economic hardship.


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Today's sewing class in the Inhamissa community. These ladies are working on small bolsas today. In our next class, we will be creating school bags. #HIV #familyplanning #STI #stis #PeaceCorps #africa #saaj #health #mozambique…

Train The Trainers

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Sewing Class in the Chilaulene Community

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Today's sewing class in the Chilaulene community.

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.



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Today's sewing class in the Chilaulene community. #peacecorpsmozambique #peacecorpshealth #HIV #familyplanning #STI #stis #PeaceCorps #africa #saaj #health #mozambique #sida #nweti #Dreams #girlempowerment #entrepreneurship #peacecorpsmozambique #peacecorpshealth #publichealth #peacecorpsafrica #PeaceCorpsVolunteer #hivtesting #goabroad #nationalservice A post shared by Kandace Blevin (@kandaceblevin) on Jan 14, 2020 at 4:27am PST

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