hello friends. thanks again for all of your compliments on my portrait. and for your offers for collage swaps. i´ll be in touch with all of you soon.
yesterday, i found out that a project we had applied for through the ecuadorian ministry of health and thought we had been turned down for in a rather sketchy and corrupt manner may actually be ours. i´ll find out more tomorrow, but the project is basically to establish some baseline data on HIV in ecuador. the crazy part is that in four months we are expected to most risk groups in most of the country (the original request was for all risk groups in all of ecuador but i guess someone realized how ridiculously impossible that would be).
i also finished reading the autobiography of malcolm x. everyone should be required to read this book. at least every american should, as it covers not only an important figure in our history, but also helps one to understand the political/racial climate of his time. malcolm x´s ability to remain open-minded and therefore have his views grow and mature over time was what most impressed me about him. interestingly, it was this quality that lead to many people turning against him later on in his life. as someone who is always working on improving her ability to speak her mind, i admire someone who not only was able to speak his loudly, but also wasn´t afraid to admit when he felt his earlier ideas were inaccurate. it´s a reminder that everyone´s ideas evolve over time and this doesn´t mean we need to wait until our opinions are totally concrete and final before we speak out. i wonder what malcolm would be thinking if he was alive today.
and now i´m off to go re-connect with the treatment center where i will again be working a couple of days a week. hasta luego!