Monthly Archives: November 2010

Of fond dreams and counting beans

For World AIDS Day tomorrow, the Kardashian sisters will head up a long list of celebrities prepared to die just a bit by abstaining from Twitter and Facebook until their followers and friends donate a million dollars. Yes, abstinence can … Continue reading

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Giving thanks

I have much to be thankful for—including having this medium to publicize my gratitude. My blog is of course a byproduct of the accidental eruption into my life of the remarkable people of Dareda Kati Village. Marianne and I first … Continue reading

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Tribes

In July of 2009, Marianne and I visited Les Enfants de Dieu, the Kigali home for former Rwandan les enfants de rue or “children of the street” where our son had worked from February to mid-June. After joining Karimu’s volunteers … Continue reading

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Les enfants de rue

Rafiki Callixte reminded me of some parts of his story that I had forgotten when he spoke at Firelight Foundation in Santa Cruz tonight. Rafiki is Project Manager of a Rwandan grassroots organization called Les Enfants de Dieu, which gets … Continue reading

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Good news

Since many of my readers are local to Santa Cruz, I should be ashamed of myself for waiting a full week to make this announcement: the Santa Cruz business Quantaphy has promised to match every penny donated to Karimu through … Continue reading

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Roots of grass

Popular films like The Last King of Scotland, Hotel Rwanda, The Constant Gardener, and Blood Diamond tell the story of contemporary Africa for most Americans. Savage dictators, genocide and civil war, boy soldiers—you know that story. In 2005, Lord of … Continue reading

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A new clean water system for Ufani Primary School

In the survey of two hundred and thirty-five households near Ufani Primary School which Karimu commissioned early this year, Julian Page writes that diarrhea “is the second largest killer of children under 5 on a global basis” and that its … Continue reading

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