Three Hundred Cups of Tea and The Toughest Job: Riding the Peace Corps Rollercoaster in Mali, West Africa

 
9781508638469: Three Hundred Cups of Tea and The Toughest Job: Riding the Peace Corps Rollercoaster in Mali, West Africa

Even if Trouble is staring you in the face, be good to people. Dance.

When David and Asifa said yes to serving with the Peace Corps in Mali, little did they know they were stepping onto a rollercoaster that would test their endurance, their creativity and patience. At age 60 and 57 they found themselves on the shore of the great Sahara Desert, posted to one of the hottest and poorest parts of Africa. She took up the fight against malnutrition, with a campaign to cultivate the nourishing Moringa tree; he worked with a radio station and cybercafé that cultivated values of democracy and religious toleration. They found love in a hopeless place, a place that challenged them to look again at friendship, family, and development with fresh eyes.

It's a crazy tale of vampire cats, giant termites and Toyota-flattening freight trains, not to mention playful conjugal text-message sex to pass those weary hours of waiting for the bush taxi. Most of all it is a story of the warm-hearted Malian people, set against a darker background of approaching famine and political unrest, and culminating in the couple's first-hand accounts of the military coup and Peace Corps evacuation from Mali in 2012. Told with humor and compassion, the side-by-side memoirs 300 Cups of Tea and The Toughest Job You'll Ever Love take you on a 14 month journey of life in the Sahel.

Proceeds will be donated to the Peace Corps Partnership fund to support volunteer-led grassroots projects in Mali. Contact us at ddruryandsonspub@gmail.com

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Asifa Kanji grew up in Tanzania and Kenya, was schooled in England, fell in love and followed her heart to America in 1975. She has been a teacher, a henna artist, a computer programmer, a dilettante, a care giver and a traveler who loves to write. When she is not someplace else, she lives in Hawaii or Oregon with her editor, her publisher, her chief art critic, and her husband.

David Drury has been a university Lecturer, an applied social science researcher in the US and other countries, a truck driver, Census taker, and London busker. With Asifa, he has served with the Peace Corps in Mali, Ghana, and South Africa. David lives in Hilo or Ashland with his Most Difficult Client, and strives to achieve moderation in all things, including moderation.

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