In Thai, the word for river is Mae Nahm, which translates to “mother water.” Each river, then, is known first as mother, then as its specific name. This phrasing is no coincidence or happenstance of homonyms. Thai’s have one tone for mother and rivers are revered as that type of provider
With the vast rocky plains, gushing glacial streams and staggering snow-capped peaks, the expanses of Northern India’s Himalayan range are a sight to behold for students on ARCC’s summer service program in India. Many come here to experience life at the top of the world and tour a landscape much different from Southern India’s urban centers. As you make your way North rising through
I’ve been volunteering in Tanzania for just over a month now, and being Sunday, it’s my day for hand washing clothes. The rains have been so heavy the past few weeks that the yard is flooded, ironically just in the spot where I dry my clothes. I can see Mt. Kilimanjaro from my bedroom window; it’s snowy glaciers towering close to 16,541 feet above our volunteer house which sits at 2800 feet. Below the mountain landscape there is a man herding goats up our road again and our electricity has gone out for the 3rd time this week. Our small volunteer library is my go-to indulgence on rainy, electricity-free days.