Monthly Archives: July 2011

A disappointment and a delay

A false diagnosis of cancer convinced Dr. Susan Hughmanick that she needed to find an ultrasound machine for Dareda Kati. Susan, one of Karimu’s Board Directors, nearly left the Tanzanian village last August believing that Daniel Amma’s wife had cancer. … Continue reading

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Of goats and dogs and turtles

Since Marianne and I returned from Oman at the beginning of the month, we have focused on our work for Karimu and on preparing for the next Karimu trip to Tanzania–now just nine days away–about which I’ll publish an update … Continue reading

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Small, good things

Last week’s Huffington Post account of Karimu’s work (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/suzanne-skees/tourists-changing-the-wor_b_892635.html), by Suzanne Skees, underscores a point recently made by the development economist Owen Barder. Barder calls his July 14 blog post “Can Aid Work?” ( http://www.owen.org/blog), noting that the many people … Continue reading

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Stoves

In my last post, four days ago, I rightly emphasized Karimu’s deference to the Tanzanian villagers in determining how to allocate our limited funds. However, we also have an obligation to respect the wishes of our donors who dedicate money … Continue reading

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Counting down

Having finished our semester of teaching English in Oman, Marianne and I came back to California last week. Though I have more to report from Oman, I’ll need to devote most of this month to preparing for our forthcoming visit … Continue reading

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