Monthly Archives: September 2016

Friday, September 30, 2016 – Heart-wrenching choices the poor make for their children

I spent the morning at the Lamu Special School – it has 107 students, mostly mentally challenged children but there are also some physically challenged children. Mr. Bute, the head teacher, explains that families have a very difficult time supporting the mentally challenged children. Poor families only pick their children who have a high chance

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Thursday, September 29, 2016 – Why we don’t talk about the $14,300,000 our volunteers have invested into…

Today was a travel day to the island of Lamu. Tomorrow I will report on one of our flagship projects on the island. I will depart a little bit from reporting on my usual project visits and talk to you about another way that we can help alleviate poverty. A Better World volunteers have invested $14,300,000

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – When parents take an active role, the community moves forward

I decided to do a visit of the Male (pronounced mall-ey) Primary School near Naromoru and meet with the Male community and see the progress before I get back here with the group in 12 days. It is a 7-hour return road trip. We had a 4-hour visit so it was a long day. It

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Monday, September 26 and Tuesday, September 27 – Transition Days

We completed our work in the Korogwe district. This morning, Cathy and her team flew to Rwanda and I drove from Tanzania to Kenya. I had an interesting border crossing that took up almost the whole day. On Tuesday it was meeting day, preparing for my road and air trip to see projects before the

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Calgary Heroes: City woman builds classrooms in Afghanistan

After struggling to have access to her own education, a University of Calgary student started the school-building project. Article by Jennifer Friesen for Metro Calgary. Click here to view the article on metronews.ca. JENNIFER FRIESEN / FOR METRO Azalea Lehndorff chose to leave home when she was only 14-years-old. But, this isn’t your average story

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Sunday, September 25, 2016 – Making our way back to Arusha

Our mission is over in Mombo and we are on our way back to Arusha. Before departure, Cathy was inducted into the “Order of Mombo” by local chairperson, Margaret. Cathy received the Order of Canada this year. Stopping for lunch along a roadside café – some brave people on this trip. Rama bought a jackfruit

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Saturday, September 24, 2016 – Opening of Patema School Lab and Teacher Housing

Another full day of happiness and sadness. Our day started with a an hour drive to the top of a mountain to the Patema Secondary School surrounded by a tea plantation. We are here to open 3 labs for a secondary high school for 300 students. Staff housing for a family of 3 was also

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Friday, September 23, 2016 – Cathy Roozen and team arrive and new projects are open

Today Cathy Roozen arrived and we began our project openings for 2016. With Cathy are Cameron, Stacy, all from Edmonton. The first stop was the Faraja community clinic to see the new lab: At the Mazinde estate school toilets were completed: Cathy and I received some special gifts of appreciation from the community: At the

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Thursday, September 22, 2016 – Progress and needs in Korogwe, TZ

I arrived last night after 22 hours of flying and waiting from Calgary to Tanzania. Today I began the long trek to Mazinde to begin work before Cathy Roozen and her group arrive. Cathy is from Edmonton and funds the projects in Tanzania. I visited the new administration/library and staff room completed at the Mazinde

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