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Nov.20.2013
Hi, friends! It's time for my annual child-to-child holiday card project! Children in the U.S. make holiday cards for Kenyan children. Volunteers take them to orphanages in Nairobi, to brighten the holidays for children who may need a little extra love. If you want the children in your life to...
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Sep.27.2013
Ghanaian poet Kofi Awoonor (1935-2013) was among those slain in a terrorist attack on a mall in Nairobi, Kenya.  Awoonor, 78, was also a statesman — he served as Ghana's representative to the United Nation from 1990 to 1994. He was in Kenya for the Storymoja Hay literary festival. Awoonor was...
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Sep.22.2013
 The Lamplighter Movement has seventeen chapters in Africa. They are all struggling. with poverty, with violence, with child sexual abuse. Kenya is on my mind a lot as my newest chapter is in Kenya and it is a children’s chapter. Twenty children, all sexual abuse victims, all orphans, struggle...
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May.15.2010
On March of 2009 I wrote a blog about sexual abuse in Africa starting with a cry for help that I received through my email from a young lady who had been kidnapped and was forced to be a sex slave.  Unfortunately, despite me contacting many organizations that could have helped the young lady, we...
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May.06.2010
I cannot get enough of self-empowerment stories, such as this one. My favorite quote from the article: "We bring to light that frailty is not the thing. It is about you as a person, and the inner belief that you are worth defending - that your spirit tells you that you have a purpose, and that...
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Apr.03.2010
This is just wonderful. Augmenting children's joy by encouraging their creative expression - what could be better? Michael Wamaya deserves a standing ovation, as do these little dancers.  Brava and bravo! 
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Feb.22.2010
This Daily Nation article provides an illuminating and sobering glimpse at life in Nairobi's slums. Particularly haunting was the quote that it is "not uncommon for a lively child in her class to go home with a drunk father, only to return home the next morning 'like a torn and tormented ghost...
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Dec.09.2009
I am running an exciting project, the first step of which is time-sensitive. I want to send at least sixty holiday cards to orphans in Kenyan slums, made by children in the U.S. To do so, I must have the cards in hand by Wednesday, December 16th, at the latest! Please take a few minutes to read...
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Dec.09.2009
(Originally posted on Karibu Kenya, November 25, 2009.) Just in time for Thanksgiving, the Afya Kenya Foundation - a Kenyan nonprofit organization providing free medical education, intervention, and counseling to Kenyan communities in need - has accepted my request for deworming services for the...
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Sep.27.2009
(Originally posted on Karibu Kenya, September 27, 2009.)  Evelyn emailed me on Friday, to let me know she received the letters I sent to Celestine and Lawrence. Evelyn told me they were very happy to receive their letters, and that she took photos of each of them holding her/his letter. She will...