What?! I should imagine the declaration - its summer - comes as an alarming gesture to many of you. You may be thinking to yourself, "it sure doesn't feel like summer in Menasha?" Well, it is summer in the southern hemisphere and that means kicking off the new year with a bounty of activities.
This month alone, we have a team of nursing students arriving from Linfield College in Portland, Oregon for a 3-week service learning trip that will take them from Lima to Arequipa to the Colca Valley to the city of Puno and finally to Cusco and a trip to Machu Picchu. In addition, we have a service learning group from St. Olaf College in Minneapolis joining us for their annual J-term. We have an equally busy itinerary for the students from St. Olaf.
In addition to the service learning trips - we have a group of partners visiting from Canada to spend time learning more about our anemia project, Dr. Bob will be out and about training trainers and building a certification for the NRP project, we'll make the first visits to our new Casa Girasoles homes in Ica and Urubamba, and we have ongoing work with the Ines Project and health trainings. Phew.
It is a busy start to the new year.
So, its summer . . . the sun is strong, the breeze is gentle and the days are long. This is such an exciting time of year. Stay tuned for more updates.
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