The floor of the world

Reaching the Rift Valley really is a scene out of a Disney movie. You are driving through the Kenyan countryside on one of the major roads out of town and suddenly the ground that had occupied you horizon gives way. As you approach this enormous geological rift in the earth, the view expands so that […]

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Rift Valley

It will likely be a couple of days before you hear from us again! In 1/2 hour we will drive out of Nairobi and into the great Rift Valley of Kenya, stopping only to pick up the solar powered laptop we vetted last night for our coordinator. In Central, my new friend, Beatrice Mwaniki has […]

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What we do on a visit

Even given the fact that our volunteers and Board members pay their own way, our annual trip requires a great deal of resources in planning and traveling time. Understandably, most of the other groups that sponsor students in these schools don’t visit the students and schools regularly. But being here this week, I am forcibly […]

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Making something from very little

This morning we took a few minutes to gaze at the creations of the weaver birds outside our hotel rooms. These small, bright yellow birds claim a tree for their flock and build their nests by weaving together leaves and needles until they have a small globe that resembles nothing so much as delicate, green […]

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Kenya’s Central Region

On our first day, we traveled by van out of Nairobi to the town of Kerugoya in Central Region. Once upon a time this drive would have taken us the better part of day, but Kenya has been changing as fast as any country and faster than most. Our driver took us on the Thika […]

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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‚Äôs 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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