Katie Curtis is a 24 year old American Peace Corp Volunteer. She lives in a small village in Senegal in West Africa with a family in a small hut without running water or electricity. Her official job is to work as a health educator in the areas of malaria prevention and infant nutrition. The people in her village work hard in the fields and have very few monetary possessions but their hearts are generous and loving.
Among other projects, Katie conducts baby weighings to identify infants who are at risk for malnutrition and then teaches their mothers how to use a nutritional supplement to boost the weight of these children. Although not her primary job, she has also been asked to teach English in the small elementary school in her village. The people in the village love Katie or "Jannie", which is her Senegalese name. Her host family has wanted to honor her by naming a baby after her, but the 2 babies born so far during her service have been male, so they have both been name after Katie's late father "Steve"