December 5th was International Volunteer Day sponsored by the United Nations. We were invited to attend the celebration but were unable to make the 8 hour trip to the capital where it was held. We heard the event was well attended and everyone present received the above pamphlet outlining accomplishments of volunteers in Botswana. It just so happens that Peace Corp Volunteer Ed Pettit from New Xade is shown on the cover with some kids in his village. Congratulations Ed on all the great work you are doing in New Xade. We were very proud to be included in the publication.
It's a tad blurry but this is the article that appears in the pamphlet on page 8. We chose to picture local volunteers and their contribution to the Nata website. The article as it appeared:
On March 4, 2006, Nata made history by becoming the first village in Botswana with a website. Peace Corps Volunteer, Melody Jenkins is one of the three co-founders of the site and technical advisor but it would have never been possible without local volunteers pictured across (L-R) Basipo Maseko, Martha Ramaditse, and Seloma Tiro. Mr. Tiro is a co-founder of www.natavillage.org along with Jon Rawlinson of Canada. The website raises funds for a variety of village projects related to youth and HIV/AIDS. Mr. Tiro, a local businessman, has been volunteering in Nata for more than 10 years. Mr. Maseko volunteers his time to guide tourists on cultural tours of Nata with all proceeds going towards village projects. Ms. Ramadistse trained as a photographer and blogger and is one of six trustees which manage the funds raised from the site, over U.S. $35,000 to date.