Our day: While Wendy was working her way around town with Khan Agra, Bahtknazera’s husband (more on that later), Athena and Kate met with the Bpeace Fast Runners involved in the RKA cooperative retail store. We sat in a rose garden and worked with 12 Associates on the development of plans for their retail store. Lots of work ahead for them (and the store’s mentors Pam Massenburg and Kate Buggeln). They have selected a steering committee for their co-operative and we left them with agendas for three work sessions over the next weeks.
Kate left Athena with the RKA Fast Runners for her training session with Nargis and the trainers at Venus Fitness. In 100 degree heat, Kate turned over “The Venus System,” a complete fitness program designed by Jeff and Julie Castaldo, Nargis’s mentors. The system will revolutionize Venus Fitness. It combines 27 exercises in a three level program utilizing tubes and balls with cardio and nutrition program. Said an exhausted Kate:”I ended up training not only Nargis and her trainers, but four of her clients. The women all soaked up the information, and told me I won’t recognize them when I come back in November.” Kate returns to Tuesday for another round of training.
Meanwhile, Wendy and Athena joined the guests at Habiba’s Day Care Center opening. And what an event! Athena participating in the ribbon cutting (her first) which was covered by Ariana TV. Many friends, family, children and their parents attended the opening of this clean, inviting facility which boasts 2 new teachers, a visiting psychologist and a visiting art instructor.
–Kate Buggeln for the Bpeace team, July 2006.
Piqued your interest? Read the entire July 2006 Afghan Mission blog here.