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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Tea with Harriet

Hello faithful readers! It has been a busy couple of weeks as we wrap up the scholarship season at Growth Through Learning, and I have plenty to report and a whole series of wonderful stories for  my next posts. Today, though, I had tea in Harvard Square with Harriet Kariuki, the dynamic young woman we […]

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Today’s update from the elections in Kenya

Hello everyone, Our wonderful coordinator in Central Region, Kenya, Beatrice Mwaniki, sends this to  us today. Thank you, Beatrice, for sharing with us Kenya’s historic moment! Dear Amy, Today is an historic day for our great country, Kenya, as we vote under the new constitution. By 5am I was out of the house heading to […]

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A short post

Hello everyone, It’s been a few extra days since I have had a chance to get something up on the blog. We heard last month that the collaborative space in which we have our desks is closing, and that led to a rush to find a new space (on a shoe-string budget). First, my thanks […]

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Schools and nations

Today I am going to throw a weightier post at you than usual. Yeterday’s BBC website includes an article about education and mobility in the UK :http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-21411251.  The news is not particularly good. While the overall quality of UK education improved slightly, “fairness”–the way that education serves economically disadvantaged kids–is shockingly low in comparison with […]

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