Two Cows for a Childhood

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Sophia

I lower my head and step into the darkness, where a teenage girl welcomes me with a smile, a little boy cuddled in her arms. Her worn out white dress, studded with tiny blue flowers, nearly reaches her ankles, creating an image too serious for her age. The boy must be around 2 years old, and the girl is in her teens.

“Where is the mother?” I ask the woman who brought us here.

“She is the mother,” Virginia says. Read the rest of this entry »

10 Songs from My Activism Playlist

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You are the music while the music lasts.  ~T.S. Eliot

When my heart is set on making a difference but my mind gets disillusioned or uninspired, music gives me that push I need to get back on track. I put together a list of songs that have such influence on me. I’m sure I’m forgetting many, but I strained my mind just enough to remember 10.
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Why

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I believe we can stay together
Work together
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A Gift

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“If I know a song of Africa… will Africa ever know a song of me?”
– Karen Blixen, Out of Africa

I miss you, Eunis

(From Fri., Nov. 7)

I was on my way home for a lunch break when halfway through, on a reddish path amidst a bunch of thorny trees, I heard someone calling my Kimaasai name, “Naisoi!”

I turned around and saw a girl running after me. I recognized her. She was the one who grabbed my hand Wednesday and promised that she’d bring something for me today. (We had no school yesterday because of the “Obama day”).

She caught up with me and pulled two colorful strings of beads off her wrist. She then put them on mine, twisting the two together into a pretty shape, a sea wave of every possible color. Read the rest of this entry »

My Testimonial Was Published by IVHQ!

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I won $50 in their photo competition, too! I love these guys, what can I say 🙂

Thanks for everything, and thanks for being such a face-to-face organization as opposed to contact-the-other-department type. You did a great job preparing me for the trip. I fell in love with Kenya and its people, and I will go back whenever I get a chance… Continue reading here (scroll down a little to find me).

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Volunteering Q&A

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A bunch of us, volunteers, with the kids at an orphanage in Nairobi
A bunch of us volunteers with the kids at an orphanage in Nairobi

Do you want to know what volunteering in Kenya is like? Would you like to do what I did? Are you wondering how? See if my Volunteering Q&A can be of any help. Check them out under one of the tabs in the blog’s header. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll be more than happy to help if I can.

Life in the Maasailand: school and family

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Maasai women and some students at a school event in Olmaroroi
Maasai mothers and some of their students at a school event in Olmaroroi

I love the Maasailand. It is hard not to. It is so easy to like and be liked here, to give and accept, to listen and hear. People are kind, sincere and humble. They take great pride in their ways, yet they open their minds easily. You have to keep your mind wide open too, because new experiences await you aroud every corner. While people are good, life is often hard, and it is important to be flexible and patient. Read the rest of this entry »