Empowerment – learning to love yourself

Dec 27th, 2011 David Berger 5 min read

Mwapoleni mukwai bonse! Mwacibuka shani? Ishina lyandi nine David Kapya, ndi kaipeela mu peace corps. Ndi kafundisha Pafya ubumi uusuma, imilile iisuma, na ukucingilila abalwele. Ndafwilisha abantu mu Mishi pa ubuyantanshi. Whew that’s a mouth full isn’t it? That’s my basic one breath introduction speech. It’s how I start every meeting. We’re always in an informal setting, and I welcome my peers, ask them how…

God – the big bad questions

Dec 22nd, 2011 David Berger 5 min read

You know there are several questions Zambians ask when they meet you in the bush. This is going to sound bad, but I’m serious. The first is, “Who are you?” (meaning what’s your name, where do you stay, and what do you do); “Muzungu!” You’re a foreigner! Muzungu literally translates as wanderer/foreigner. It’s also become associated with status, particularly with white privledge and status. A…

Sucker punched by kindness

Dec 20th, 2011 David Berger 2 min read

Well damn! It’s been a week short of six months. I’ve been point-adapting and haven’t succumbed to home sickness. Until about two hours ago. Some of my loyal readers and good friends know I love dancing, and that Alex and I danced as often as three or four times a week back in the states. On coming to Zambia I’ve had to go cold turkey….

Communication

Dec 17th, 2011 David Berger 4 min read

What is communication? What does it mean? Is communication talking? Acting? Exploring? Is communication a way to categorize, standardize and understand our world? Or is it a process of expression, one that can be measured, understood and predicted. Is communication so uniform that it provides commonality between all peoples, races and places? Perhaps communication is the emotional expression, a way in which we can share…

Riding This Roller Coaster Called Life

Dec 13th, 2011 David Berger 4 min read

Life is a river, well hell, life is an awful lot of things. But as y’all know from my previous posts life is more than that, life is everything we choose to make it. On a smaller scale life is a series of failures and successes. It’s learning, changing, and suffering. My PCVL -Peace Corps Volunteer Leader- (she’s returned home now) was well known for…

Rural Life

Dec 11th, 2011 David Berger 3 min read

I don’t know how often y’all get a chance to sit back and take stock of a day’s events but let me share my revelations from today. Don’t work outside in the African sun for 4+ hours. Ever. It’s a terrible idea. Five liters of water drunk and I’m still feeling the heat effects. What could possibly lure me into the hot, unforgiving humidity and…

Change Is In The Air

Dec 10th, 2011 David Berger 3 min read

I’m resting on my porch, sitting and enjoying the sweet smell of rains on the air. Flowers are blooming, the land is growing, and harvest edges closer every day. I’d returned last night to a land that I didn’t recognize. My home is different. I was startled. Caught off guard. In awe. The rains had come. In just 14 short days the grasses had started…

Homeward Bound

Dec 7th, 2011 David Berger 6 min read

What a crazy two days! I just made it home to my wonderful hut of awesomeness after two long exhausting days of travel. Let’s get some narrative goin’ here shall we? Sooooo, Sunday night, I receive medical clearance, pack my bags, and finish the last of my file sorting. Not shabby right? I felt ready to brave the arduous 12 hour journey of 530 miles…

What is Development?

Dec 5th, 2011 David Berger 8 min read

What is development? How do you perceive development? Is it possible to quantify development? It seems like the global community believes it is, but working on the ground, hand in hand with those who are “developing”, I sometimes find myself lost as to where to start. That said, here are some questions and maybe then we will find an answer. It seems simple to associate…