Archive for October, 2006

Friends of Guinea

Monday, October 30th, 2006

Friends of Guinea is a website maintained by Returned Peace Corps Volunteers who served in Guinea

CIA Factbook – Guinea

Friday, October 27th, 2006

In pure numbers, Guinea has fewer people with AIDS than the USA. From the CIA Factbook, here are the numbers for “people living with HIV/AIDS”
Guinea: 140,000 (2003 est.)
USA: 950,000 (2003 est.)

Of course, that means 0.6% of the USA population compared with 3.2% of Guinea’s.

Will I become…

Friday, October 27th, 2006

Will I become someone deep enough to see truth and strong enough to honor it? Will I be gentle to give affection and generous enough to receive it? Will I be imaginative to envision a humane solution and energetic enough to effect it? Will I make difference to the world and know peace in my soul?
Elizabeth T. Kennan ’60, former president, Mount Holyoke College (1978–1995), baccalaureate address, 1995

article on Guinea politics

Thursday, October 26th, 2006

A BBC article from July 12th, 2006

Inside Guinea’s power vacuum

As the end approaches for both the president and his isolationist approach to Guinea’s place in West Africa, the future is both uncertain and dangerous.”

Guinea in January

Wednesday, October 25th, 2006

Great news. I’ve been invited to go to Guinea to do Small Enterprise Development. The Pre-Service Training in Guinea begins January 13, 2007.

The assignment description sounds important. The description says, “As a Small Enterprise Development Advisor, you will be working with a variety of host-country agencies that suport local businesses, such as NGOs, credit unions, agricultural unions and cybercafes.” I will provide “nonfinancial assistance” to entrepreneurs. “Consultations and training activities cover a broad array of topics, including basic accounting, Information and Communication Technology skills, proposal writing, budgeting, managing credit and financial planning”.

To learn more about entrepreneurship, I’m going to have to pay more attention to Forrest’s work over at Educators’ Corner !