Ok, so after my frenzy of posts about crafty things and recipes, it’s probably time to tell you more about my day-to-day type stuff. Work is going well here, and I’ve met some incredible people. I’ve only got a few days left now, so here are some pics from my work, when I’ve been out and about doing general work-type things!
We did some meetings with community leaders and IDP representatives to tell them more about our work and what we’re doing in their villages.
A few rare Friday afternoons when we weren’t working, we went out to explore the local area… Off on a walk down to the river… Stone skimming contest, obviously. Cracked dry mud – all crunchy under your feet! This bit … Continue reading →
My colleagues and I put together a traditional Kurdish feast to celebrate Iftar (breaking the fast) with everyone at the office. I learned how to make Dolmas and Biryani, Kurdish style, and I must say that 10 women in the … Continue reading →
This week, Facebook has been flooded with news of the UK’s heatwave, and the hot and sweaty plight of my friends and family (us Brits are unused to warm weather as a rule, and are not built to cope with it).
It was extremely tempting to mock them all with the fact that’s it’s 46 degrees here, and has been pretty consistently for the last month, so therefore 2 days of 30 degrees is hardly unbearable. (That’s 46 degree celcius for you non-metric people of the world – about 115 degrees if you’re working in farenheit)
However, then I remembered that it’s also Ramadan, and my amazing Kurdish and Arabic colleagues are not only going out into the 46 degree hear every day to provide much-needed support to people, but they also can’t eat or drink any water for 17 hours straight. And they come in to work every day and do it all over again with a smile on their faces.
Trust me when I tell you that, based on past experience of my own grumpiness factor when my blood sugar level drops too low, if I had to go out into 46 degree heat everyday and stand in the sun distributing emergency kits without a single drop of water or food for 17 hours, I’d either collapse or start World War 3.
So I can express nothing but awe and MASSIVErespect to my incredible colleagues for continuing to come into work everyday and help all those people in need of support.
Here’s to ALL my Muslim colleagues and friends working hard in humanitarian emergencies this Ramadan all over the world.
A recent trip up to Erbil for a workshop gave me a chance to do a quick bit of sight-seeing… Weird and strange stuffed bird found in a shop in the bazaar. Is it just me, or does it look … Continue reading →
A few pictures of places I’ve been at work. Some sobering moments for sure. This is one of the many chicken sheds that people who have run away from ISIS are now living in. A shop front in a village that … Continue reading →
This one is from March/April, when we celebrated Nawrooz, a spring festival in Kurdistan. We went on a picnic, which is also one of the Kurdish people’s national pastimes. Seriously, the Kurds could picnic professionally. If it was an Olympic sport, they’d win gold every time.
And now it’s time for something completely different…..
Picture yourself, in the not-too-distant future, or perhaps in an alternate universe, only slightly different from ours.
This is Katie.
She lives in a small flat in the east end of London, . She’s a single mum with 2 kids, Kai (7) and Tommy (3). She works as an office manager in a printing shop down the road, and volunteers at Tommy’s playschool twice a week. Things are going pretty well for Katie, and life is good.
Oh deary deary me. It’s been MONTHS since my last post! I keep drafting them and not getting around to finishing them or posting them, which is terrible – I’m such a bad blogger!
So, reviewing the many drafts that I never posted, and attempting to get them into some form that will be suitable for the public domain, I’ll start with this – a post I drafted back in Jan/Feb ish, when I stopped to reflect on last year’s triumphs and pitfalls…. (Shameful to be only just posting my New Year’s reflections in June though! 😛 )
As I look back at the past year, I must say that 2014 was a year of big achievements for me, and some pretty major milestones too…