Response from a reader

Hello everyone, We are back safely and sifting through some great stories and photos to share with you. While we do, I wanted to share the link to this post with you: Mei Mayasari sent this link to an article she posted on NUHA Foundation’s website. Like us, NUHA looks for ways to strengthen educational […]

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Nairobi

I write this post from a tent in the departure section of Nairobi’s largest airport (the airport having burned several weeks before we got here). First, let me say that everyone in our group is fine. The events of the past couple of days have interrupted our focus somewhat, and under the circumstances, I will […]

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GTL Group Safe in Nairobi

With the attack at the mall today, you may be concerned about the safety of family and friends in Nairobi.  The internet at the hotel is down right now, but Amy has asked me to post that all GTL travelers in Nairobi are safe.  The group coming from Tanzania later today will be met at the […]

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The Nun’s House

Here in Kampala we gave great honor of being the guests if a group of Catholic nuns. The guest house is the permanent residence if two or three sisters, and they host the occasional conference or retreat. Sister Salome journeys here from St. Kizito’s School once a week or so to pick up supplies for […]

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Entebbe

Entente is a city of beaches. It sits on the vast shores of Lake Victoria and celebrates those waters with private resorts, public beaches, restaurants from around the world, and vibrant, rambling markets. For my U.S readers, picture a sprawling African version of Southern Florida. We exited the airport to the swirling winds of an […]

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Naivasha

If your only images of Africa include arid flatlands or dense jungle, you should find your way to Lake Naivasha. On our third full day in Rift Valley, our coordinators held a meeting on their own to discuss and compare experiences before meeting with GTL staff and Board Members. This meant that we needed to […]

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For Mogotio

Our second day of Kenya school visits began with a leisurely breakfast of omelettes, cornflakes and arrowroot at the hotel. After yesterday’s 170 miles if driving and intense conversations with our students, we were all feeling a bit bleary. But the weather was perfect-cool night air warming slowly with the sun as we threaded our […]

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For Sharon

This post is for a young woman named Sharon, who is just about ready to take the world in her hands. If there is anything to be learned from her story, it is surely that we must fight to keep open the doors that welcome excellence in no matter how impoverished its source. But first, […]

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Our Africa

Any of you who have read this blog before know that one of our goals here is to portray our students, our colleagues and our friends in Africa in a way that would feel appropriate to them. This doesn’t seem like it would be difficult, but writing about Africa to North Americans often means stepping […]

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Planning for Africa

I have been on a short hiatus from the blog while we all turned our attention to our first ever photography exhibit. Fifteen years of visiting East Africa with some great photographers plus our first batch of photos from the students at St. Kizito in Uganda made for a very difficult process of selecting the […]

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