Saturday, September 22, 2007

What do you do with an organizational communications degree?

You build playgrounds!
I didn't know what I signed up for when I arrived in Armenia more than a year ago but in February when Alla and I began surveying the community for project ideas it became clear that four years of studying situational analysis, research skills, group work and project management would culminate into playground construction. With only experience at Habitat for Humanity for guidance I rolled up my sleeves and gathered the villagers for every step of the process from the grant writing to the hole digging.
On September 20 the Secondary School hosted our grand opening of "Bari Lur". With representatives from the Peace Corps, mayor's office and marz center office, neighboring schools and even AED we celebrated the collaborative work of more than 50 community volunteers. It was a nice day.

Students at the school entrance holding bread and salt, wine and fresh fruit for our guests.

The students lined the school drive with balloons and signs. My favorite one read: "Thanke you!" The entrance was grand with nearly 400 kids screaming and clapping.

After speeches and the presentation of certificates of appreciation my school director (left) and PC Armenia director Lee Lacy cut the red ribbon.

We played mini futbol, basketball, sang and danced to celebrate.


Anonymous said...

Great job on the playground. Something that the village will be able to enjoy for years to come and remember your contributions. Amazing how we use our degrees in many different ways.


dlcurren said...

Thanks for the "post card." I enjoy reading about your adventures in Armenia and I wanted to to ensure you that people are reading your dispatches.

Nick said...

Keep up the good work Sarah.. you're making progress.

Uncle Nick

David said...

Hi Sarah,

Great job on the playground and blog. The mac and cheese story was great too. Keep up the good work. Best of luck with the remainder of your service.

Stay Safe!!!!!

Dave Buchanan
Kyiv, Ukraine

Anonymous said...

Good job Sarah, it's really a great initiative for those children to taste the fruit of your expertise in OCD and hope childen from all around the world will receive such care.