A few weeks back, everyone in my village was sitting outside, ears glued to their radios, listening to updates about the political situation in Lesotho. The Parliament had just reconvened, and they were in the process of taking a “vote of no confidence” against Prime Minister Mosisili of the DC (Democratic Congress) party.  The vote … More Election

Funny Moments 6

If you’re feeling this way on Monday… … I have some stories from Lesotho to make you laugh.  When I eat lunch with my coworkers, I spend a lot of time zoned out while they chatter in Sesotho that’s too fast for me to follow. Recently I was in my own little world during one … More Funny Moments 6


It’s autumn (hoetla), a new school year is underway, and lots is going on in Lesotho! I’m in a good mood thanks to peaches and perfect weather. Here’s an update on what’s been happening in my village lately: Moshoeshoe Day March 11 commemorates Moshoeshoe, the founder of the Basotho nation. Every year, primary schools around … More Hoetla


I’m fast approaching my 1.5 year mark here in Lesotho, and lately it feels like I’m fitting into my community in new ways. This doesn’t mean I’m not still confused or out of place every damn day… because I am. But even little things feel good, and I want to celebrate them!  Here are some … More Integration


I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what makes HIV prevention so difficult in this part of the world. After all, we know how to avoid contracting HIV – abstain from sex or use condoms consistently, and you’re at a very low risk. Of course, the challenge is complex. There isn’t a single reason why … More Stigma

Funny Moments 5

Cyclone (Hurricane) Dineo just passed through this part of the world, leaving me with lots of rain, mud, and a dead phone for several days. I managed to write a few blog posts by hand in the meantime, which I’ll be posting soon! Before that happens… I have a 5th installment of things that made … More Funny Moments 5

Ke Thabile

It’s the fourth week of a new school year, and I’m overwhelmed. I walked into the first day feeling like a different person than last year – I’m confident, I feel like I belong, and I know what I want to get done. In our first teacher meeting, I presented a year’s worth of ideas … More Ke Thabile