Returning to Burkina after a considerable absence

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By Nora Leonard Roy (nora) on Thursday, October 04, 2001 - 3:54 pm: Edit Post

My husband, Chris, and I were married in Ouagadougou in 1970, at the beginning of our Peace Corps experience. We returned to RHV in 1976-77, 1983, 1984, and 1985 primarily for research on traditional arts. In May we had a wonderful return to Ouagadougou and some trips out as far as Sayaga, near the border with Mali, west of Bobo. It was so wonderful to have a reunion with several of my former English students at the Juvenat St. Camille in Zoghona, and to hear about their lives. It made me feel really great to have played a small part in their academic lives and I am really proud of them - their families, their work, their outlook on life. Ouaga has changed so much -- you just have to see for yourself. Chris and I plan to return in January to attend the funeral of the father of a former student of Chris', in Sayaga. We are hoping to raise money to help purchase a mill for Sayaga as a means for them to bring in some cash to help them pay for the completion of a maternity clinic. Currently 1 of every 5 women in Sayaga dies giving birth because they are about 15 kilometers away from the nearest real road and access to a clinic.

By Joy Greenidge ( - on Wednesday, June 22, 2005 - 12:44 pm: Edit Post

I remember you, Chris and Nora Roy, very well. I am happy to learn that you are still in Art, and also active in BF.
I am now living in NYC, taking care of my older brother, 76. I am 73.
Good luck and Godspeed to you both. I was browsing the list when I came upon your message. I am in touch with the Mickelsons, Peter and Nancy. They are all well.

By Paul KAFANDO ( on Sunday, August 16, 2009 - 6:49 pm: Edit Post

To : Nora
There are so much to tell you. Nearly 30 yrs ago, I had my first english class from LIZ a pcv from the Boston area. My classes were at the " college de la salle" Ouagadougou. I heard my first folks songs " kumbaya " from her, when she played the guitare. Yes, I share your joy and kindness for having played a part / a role in your former students life. Unfortunately, I do not know liz last name and have no way of letting her and other rpcv like: bob ericsson, christine,noelle,sly.... those simple moments have marked my memory. I am grateful I met someone like liz. By Paul KAFANDO Erie, PA. My email is

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