This post is a little different than previous posts as I am currently visiting my future home. I thought I would quantify my experience in Rwanda thus far.
0: Number of pants that I brought that still fit. Note: I still wear all the pants that are too big so my outfits these days are quite comical. Also the number of things i have accidentally dropped into the latrine. Thankfully.
1: Number of kittens I’ve seen. Also number of kittens that currently live at my house. Also the number of times I have eaten fish. Also the number of Chinese Restaurants in Huye.
2: Number of volunteers from South Carolina in my cohort. Also number of volunteers from South Carolina that I know.
3: Number of ikitenge fabrics I’ve bought and have had made into clothing. Also the average number of liters of water I drink daily.
5: KM….Distance to Huye/Butare, the second largest city in Rwanda. I’m about to become a city girl.
6: number of pizza bites I ate at our last training meeting. They were delicious.
8. Number of times I have eaten spaghetti with tomato sauce after I explained that I don’t just like plain noodles. Also the number of people in my cohort also placed in the south.
10: number of kilograms I’ve list since arriving in Rwanda. This is not surprising as my activity level has increased and my caloric intake had decreased.
15: % number of women who currently seeking prenatal care at my health centre.
23: Number of people remaining in our cohort. One person left about two weeks ago.
49: Days since I left South Carolina.
86: Currently the number of children that suffer from malnutrition registered at my health center. My goal is to reduce it to 0.
148: Number of current Peace Corps volunteers in Rwanda serving in health and education. The distribution is about 2/3 education and 1/3 health.
~500: Words. My approximate Kinyarwanda vocabulary. This is a gross estimate and may be more or less.
725+/-: Days remaining in the Peace Corps assuming things go as planned.
36700+/-: The number of people in my cachement area. A cachement area is the geographical area a specific health center serves. My cachement area is the largest in Rwanda.
42000: Rwandan francs I receive every two weeks. It’s approximately $40 and I use it to buy lunch everyday as well as fabric/clothing, phone credit, data package, and anything else that pops up.