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Eldoret Kenya Gynocare Center

At the Gynocare Center in Eldoret Kenya

I wasn’t planning to put up a Photo Friday post today, but then I got this photo in my email from my friend Barb, who’s currently in Eldoret, Kenya with her 15-year-old son and fellow board members of Seattle-based One By One. In her mail, she says: “We spent the day at Gynocare meeting with Read the Rest…

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First Impressions of Eldoret Kenya

Today’s guest post is by my friend Barbara who is currently on her first trip to Africa. She is traveling with her teenage son and fellow board members of Seattle based NGO One By One, working to end fistula. Our group is made up of three board members, three staff and four family members. We Read the Rest…

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More Than A Library

“A library is an optional extra.” So said my husband last year during the Passports with Purpose fundraiser. I didn’t have a meaningful come-back. When I was growing up there were some books in my house but not many and certainly not a lot of extra money to feed my bookworm habits. Our Saturday morning Read the Rest…

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A School Playground Sign in Zambia

I have two sons: one 12, one 16. If I had the time I’m sure I could write for a day on the differences between life for a tween/teen in Zambia versus the life my children are lucky to live in Seattle. Instead of all those words, the top picture, of a playground sign in Read the Rest…

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Seattle to Lusaka: Cognative Dissonance

I returned from Zambia barely 48 hours ago. I’m happy to be home with my family. I enjoyed being fussed by my boys on Mother’s Day. But. Today I’m back at work. My stomach is tied in knots and I’m nauseous. I work for Google. I like working for Google. I usually enjoy what I Read the Rest…

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Lusaka Bus Station

On our last day in Zambia I had a family errand to run in a town called Mazabuka about two hours south of Lusaka. Initially I’d planned to hire a taxi although given that the half-hour taxi ride from the airport into Lusaka cost ~$25, I was worried that my round-trip to Mazabuka would be Read the Rest…

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Lusaka Experience Township Tour

We spent yesterday morning on the three-hour tour of the Garden Compound (township) hosted by the inspirational folks from Lusaka Experience. This neighborhood of 26,000 people crammed onto unserviced, unpaved streets where their 2-room cinder block homes are built on what was once a garden is an example of the environment where most of Lusaka’s Read the Rest…

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Seattle to Lusaka: First Impressions of Zambia

I may pretend to be a blogger/writer but really I’m a list-maker. Honestly, any time you’ve read a blog post that I’ve written there’s a 99% chance that it started it’s life as a list. Here’s a sample of the lists I’ve written about Lusaka and Zambia in the last 24-48 hours (links to stats Read the Rest…

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Seattle to Lusaka: Zambia Family Ties

Now that I’m in Lusaka, and before our visit with the Room to Read people starts, I thought I should explain the other reason for my excitement and interest in being here: my husband and four of his siblings were born here. The lived in the very region that I will be visiting over the Read the Rest…

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