Shana (Jackson) Haines

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Shana Jackson Haines
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Country Cote_d'Ivoire
Years: 1999-2001
Site(s) Namassi
Region(s) Bondoukou
Program(s) Environment
Assignment(s) Wat/Sanwarning.png"Wat/San" is not in the list of possible values (Agroforestry, Sustainable Agricultural Science, Farm Management and Agribusiness, Animal Husbandry, Municipal Development, Small Business Development, NGO Development, Urban and Regional Planning, Primary Teacher/Training, Secondary Teacher/Training, Math/Science Teacher/Training, Special Education/Training, Deaf/Education, Vocational Teacher/Training, University Teacher/Training, English Teacher/Training (TEFL), Environmental Education, National Park Management, Dry Land Natural Resource Conservation, Fisheries Fresh, Ecotourism Development, Coastal /Fisheries Resource Management, Public Health Education, AIDS Awareness, Information Technology, Skilled Trades, Water and Sanitation Resources Engineering, Housing Construction Development, Youth, Other) for this property.
Shana Jackson Haines started in Cote_d'Ivoire 1999
Leslie Therese Blanton, Michelle Daly, Tim Fischer, Bethany Hardin Blackburn, Jennifer Humbrecht, Shana (Jackson) Haines
Region: Bondoukou
Leslie Therese Blanton, Michelle Daly, Shana (Jackson) Haines
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Sharon Abramowitz, Leslie Therese Blanton, Volunteers who served in Cote d'Ivoire, Cote d'Ivoire volunteers, Shana (Jackson) Haines
Other Volunteers who served in Cote_d'Ivoire
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Sharon Abramowitz, Dennis Bilodeau, Leslie Therese Blanton, Michelle Daly, Volunteers who served in Cote d'Ivoire, Cote d'Ivoire volunteers, William DiDiego, Sarah Erdman, Tim Fischer, Ted Ford, Bethany Hardin Blackburn, Jennifer Humbrecht, Loretta Ishida, Shana (Jackson) Haines, Tobey Llop … further results
Projects in Cote_d'Ivoire
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Pre-Kindergarten/Kindergarten School Construction, Primary School Renovation (Soungassou)
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I did my 3-month training in Bacon, near Akoupe. My host family was very nice; my dad had five wives and each of them had five children so we were many in the courtyard. I loved my stage and my stagemates were all amazing people who were full of adventure and excitement. After three months, I went up to the Bondoukou region with my new Peace Corps family, aka the Holy Family. We stuck together through thick and thin, and these people were at once teachers, friends, and fellow adventurers.

As for my work, I took over for one of the most successful, organized, together volunteers in the group before me. He left me copies of all his notes and work. Most importantly, he left my region with a fabulous impression of Americans and Peace Corps. I hit the ground running, taking over many of his projects and inheriting close relationships that stayed that way. With Ahmadou "6" Ouattara, I became the Guinea Worm worker in my region. Six was the local pump repairman, but I was his transportation and his muscle, believe it or not. I made sure that the villages paid Six for the work that he did, and I got funding to fix broken pumps as long as the villagers set up some sort of sustainable (in theory at least) system of maintaining the pump. This was a project that I inhereited from my predecessor, Brandt Silvers. It kept me busy most of the time, and it helped me get a lay of the land and determine what I needed to do.

There was the Christmas Coup of 2000 at about this time.

Brandt Wittte, my APCD at the time, encouraged me to organize a "Work Week" about 9 months after I got to site. It was a god-send because it helped me get my life back together after the tragic death of my PCVL, the father of the Holy Family, Billy DiDiego. It was an amazing event that brought about 30 volunteers from all over the country to the Kouassi-Datekro region. We all stayed in villages for a few days, performed "sensibilisations." put on plays, distributed filters that we believed were sustainable (they were sewn into calabashes), drank a lot of bongi, and ate foutou till we could barely move. Several days of festivities, and it all ended with a fabulous party in Bondoukou. The late (and great) Paul Daapa made grilled fish stuffed to the gills with deliciousness, and we all felt really good about our work. Guinea worm numbers decreased significantly in the area during the nect year, too.

I got to go to a Guinea Work conference for PCVs in Niger. Alex Nichols(dit "Girl") and I went together and had so much fun. What an amazing experience! We got to travel to the desert, all the way to Agadez, and also work with the Bella Toureg for a few days. It was a great learning experience and a very helpful conference to aid in the sharing of ideas about GW work.

I also worked on projects in my own village. I tutored two beautiful girls- known as Cherie Coco and Jenny. I worked with them at night, after thei chores were done for the evening. They would come into my dusty dirt hut and we would lie on the floor looking at any books I could get my hands on. I also started to tutor my best friend, Digata, in how to write her name and write and read the alphabet and numbers 1-10. It was amazing to be so close with people who could not read or write at all. I was so inspired by my relationship with these girls that I and Michelle wrote a grant to fund a "girl's camp" in our region. The girls from 10 or so of our PC villages came to Bondoukou for a few days to meet each other, learn about careers and higher education choices as well as sex ed, and have fun in the "big" city. It was a very memorable experience, for us volunteers as well as for the girls.

Ahmoudou Six and I were very busy in the village. Besides our pup repair work and our Guinea Worm work, we were working on a Plus Belle Quartier project. We had all three of the neighborhoods in my village competing to be the cleanest, focusing on eliminating standing water (that could breed malarial mosquitos), storing drinking water in healthy, covered containers, keeping the grass cut short to avoid snake attacks, and using sanitary bathing/toilet faclities. We ended up rewarding each quartier with a public latrine, for which I secured funding from Peace Corps (which paid for the hole, something most people in the village would never dream of building themselves). I built the concrete slabs and a local mason put up the mud brick and crepesage walls.

Six and I also continued the condom-distribution network that Brandt had set up during his time in Namassi. We organized a few gatherings during which we had a large-scale "sensiblisation" and a distribution discussion/organization.

During my second year, I organized my second "Worm Week." This time we focused on two different regions- north of Prikro and in the Bouna region. This event was not nearly as well-organized or a popular as the first, but it was still successful and lots of fun. We were a traveling band of volunteers this time. We stayed together in each villge and traveled together for almost a week, stopping in different villages every night to do large-scale sensibilisations and visit individual courtyards to distrubute filters. I will never forget showing up at a Lobi village at 6 in the morning to find everyone drunk/drinking and no work done. The Sous-Prefet had to sit under an "apotame" made of a few plastic bags. The late and great Paul Dapaa was supposed to roast a pig but ended up makiing some sort of pig stew instead. God bless him!

We had a woman's camp, organized by some lovely, inspiring PCVs. I bought my best friend frm the village and she brought her baby Alleghi.

There were so many fun times! So much happened! I loved it so much, and I am so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet such amazing people and live such an adventure with them!

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