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Student Health Survey Results


If you remember, a few months ago I wrote about my CNA (community needs assessment) and all the work I was doing to complete it. Well, as part of my CNA, I conducted a Student Health Survey among secondary students in Mmametlhake. The survey asked questions about sexual health, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use in order to learn about the health of students and where intervention is most needed.

Here’s what I learned: *sorry if it’s a bit dry, but the results are really interesting if you take the time to read, and I bolded the important stuff for ease
Of the 240 learners surveyed, 123 were female and 117 were male. 59.3% of the females are in relationships and 52.1% of the males are also in relationships. Of the girls in relationships, 50% are sexually active compared to only 11.1% of the females not in relationships. Of the males in relationships, 68.8% are sexually active, whereas only 31.3% of the single males are sexually active. This shows that children in relationshi…

IST + "What if I can't do it?"

Long time, no blog…
July was a crazy month for the SA31 cohort. We spent two weeks in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal at IST (Internal Service Training <- remember reading about that in my earlier blog posts?), and we celebrated SIX MONTHS in country!

IST was great because it was a chance to catch up with people I hadn’t seen since Swearing-In (although, in reality, we saw each other at AllVol…..), but it was a jammed pack couple of weeks. Sessions started at 8am every day, and we didn’t have a single day off. Our supervisors joined us for a few days at the beginning and then our counterparts came for five days in the middle.
Supervisors are essentially our bosses at our org, and counterparts are people in the community we work alongside to implement programs. My counterpart is Kagiso (aka Simon), he is 19 and he works at my org. Counterparts were invited so they could also learn about different programs because, like I said in a previous post, Peace Corps is all about sustainabi…