Arriving in Nairobi

I draft this post from a spare but comfortable room at the Parklands Sports Club in Nairobi. We had an uneventful flight in after negotiating the vast, glossy aerial maze of London Heathrow’s terminal 5. We even made a few friends (hello to my seat companion from Surrey and to Khayanga Jenipher Wasike about whom […]

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Follow us in East Africa

This year’s trip has the first team of travelers landing in Nairobi at 9:00 pm on September 21. Since we will have started in Boston at 8:00 pm the previous day, we are imagining a slightly bedraggled team on arrival. But with so many schools to visit and just a few of us to make […]

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Part 8, A Boston Journalist Visits East Africa

The drive from St. Kitizo’s to Entebbe airport was a pleasant one. Entebbe is a beautiful tourist town right on the shores of Lake Victoria and there are a number of pretty guesthouses. Jeanne Whiting stayed at one and found it to be very relaxing. The flight on Kenya Air was quick and smooth and […]

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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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