Reaching for the fruit on the highest branches

The thing about always pushing yourself to climb higher is that, from time to time, you will actually fall. A couple of weeks ago, Mary, one of our young students in Uganda, suffered serious injuries in an accident during the term break. Mary and a small group of other girls from her region of Uganda […]

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Things you can do with sunlight and a little innovation

If you’ve looked at the main page of our website, you’ll know that we’ve been trying to raise money to buy one of the new laptops from Samsung that has solar panels built into its cover. We want it for Caroline Lentupuru, a fantastic woman you can read more about on our “GTL Team” page […]

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A Boston Journalist…Part 7

Our last stop in Uganda turned out to be the highlight of the trip. After bidding the nuns goodbye, we headed west to visit St. Kizito’s School, the largest of the schools that GTL sends girls to and the crown jewel. It is the school where Sister Salome serves as principal. We have 65 girls […]

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Surprise!

If you’ve been following along on our blog posts over the past few weeks, you will have noticed some big differences when you opened this page. In fact, this page represents the next part of our website strategy–a detached hosted blog that will give us the ability make posts by email, text  message or online […]

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A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa, Part 1

By Michael Lasalandra GTL Volunteer As a volunteer for GTL, I write stories about the girls that we sponsor or are considering sponsoring. The stories are based on the girls’ application forms, their personal letters to us, their grades and the notes provided to us by their teachers or principals. The girls’ stories are always […]

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A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa, Part 6

Mary and I had a number of schools to visit while we were camped out at the nun’s guesthouse just east of Kampala. We visited two high schools, a college and two nursing schools. Each day we went straight out from early morning to mid-evening. If we weren’t driving around in the van, we were […]

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A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa, Part 5

We crossed over into Uganda on foot and were met by two vans. Several of our group went in one van with Sister Salome Nnambi, GTL’s Uganda coordinator. Mary Schwartz and I went with Sister Salome’s assistant, Cissy, in the other. Alex’s group headed north for Mbale. We were heading west, towards a guesthouse run […]

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A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa, Part 4

We arrived at the Huma School near Kisumu in western Kenya late in the day, but managed to sit down for a lengthy interview with its principal and also met with the 20 girls at the school who are sponsored by GTL. A highlight for the girls was when Richard Jenson, now GTL’s president, talked […]

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A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa, Part 3

We were up early our first morning in Africa and enjoyed a lavish breakfast buffet at our hotel, Parklands Sports Club, a comfortable, western-style hotel in Nairobi that was actually much less expensive than some of the spartan hotels we stayed at elsewhere on our trip where there were no other competing hotels. In fact, […]

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A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa, Part 2

The idea of going to Africa was daunting to me because I don’t like to fly long distances. Two eight-hour flights back-to-back nearly scared me off. Plus, the trip was expensive (we GTL volunteers pay our own way.) But I figured this might be my only chance to get to Africa in my lifetime and […]

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