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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News from East Africa

Is there a busier time than spring? As is the case for many you I suspect, my month has been about work, recovering from tax season and planning travel. Thank heaven for the longer, warmer days and the flowers everywhere that remind us to take a few minutes to breathe now and then. With all […]

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Going to Africa

  It is that time of year again at GTL, when we begin our plans for the trip to East Africa. Our Board Members are, almost by definition, people who have fallen in love with East Africa. For some it has meant home and family; for others East Africa was where they discovered something new–something […]

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Mother-ly Day

When you run a nonprofit to assist young girls and women, you spend a lot of time thinking about mothers. They are, after all, central to our whole mission. For more than 15 years the organization I work for has acted under the intertwined beliefs that 1. women should have the same opportunities for education, […]

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Stories of Determination

One of the most interesting things about the work I do is seeing the creativity and determination that drives people who just won’t accept limitations. During my tea with Harriet a while back, she and I talked about some of the ways in which girls in East Africa and their families maneuver their countries’ educational […]

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Gently

Last Monday morning I sat down at the table in my living room to write the weekly blog post, as is my habit. It was a particularly good one, I thought, and I still intend to use it at some point. But by later that day, it no longer seemed quite right. I wrote it […]

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A guest post from the Girls Education Fund

Happy Monday everyone, As a midweek treat, I thought I would re-post a piece from our collaborative organization, Aid for Africa. Under the guidance of the wonderful and energetic Barbara Rose, Aid for Africa started this Fund a few years ago. They solicit donations and pass out every dollar they get to those of us […]

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