Still in mourning about having to cancel all our volunteers (see two previous posts) and trying to recover. I thought I would be coming home early, but we have decided I am needed to help with the festival and have been granted permission to go with the President of the Regional Council of Agadez (the highest elected position in Agadez) and the Sultan and use their security.
In the mean time, in addition to festival preparation: I got Bombino to agree to play–he is a superstar here–and getting pretty well known internationally. I have gotten back to work making jewelry. I got a very large order from our jeweler friends in Iferouane and am working away stringing beads and putting together some necklaces.
Now I am counting on you to come in at Christmas to purchase gifts and holiday jewelry for yourselves so I can keep on ordering and keep them employed.