Monthly Archives: June 2017

Lacombe Composite Interact Club Donates $260 to ABW’s 2017 Priority Project

The Lacombe Composite High School is no stranger to supporting A Better World projects—this year, the Interact Club continues a long-standing tradition of giving back through a donation towards new toilets in Kenya.     The Club, running since 2011, was drawn to the idea of supporting the sanitation priority project this year. “Although the

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Sunday, June 25, 2017 – Leaving Tanzania

We left early this morning from Korugwe towards the airport about 5 hours away with two stops to visit possible projects. The first was at the Semkiwa Secondary School where the parents believe in education for girls and have volunteered and contributed to building this dorm to this point. The local MP to the right

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Saturday, June 24, 2017 – Jitengeni Grand Opening and More

Today was our last full day of work in Tanzania, and tomorrow we will begin the journey home. Our main appointment of the day was to be present for the grand opening of new infrastructure at the Jitengeni Primary School. Before heading to Jitengeni, we stopped by Umoja Primary. Umoja is a potential future project

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Friday, June 23, 2017 – Incredible progress and networking in Tanzania

We started our day by paying a visit to the office of Robert Gabriel, the District Commissioner of Korogwe and Tanga. (The DC is the most powerful non-elected regional official.) We were very pleased to meet Mr. Gabriel, since most of ABW’s projects in the Mombo area fall within his territory of control. Robert Gabriel

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Thursday, June 22, 2017 – Visiting Aga Khan University

We started our first full day in Tanzania by visiting the future site of the Aga Khan University in Arusha. We were here to meet some Canadians involved in the university’s construction who are connected with friends of ABW in Edmonton. The Aga Khan University and Aga Khan Foundation are partnered in community outreach services

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017 – Traveling to Tanzania

Today, our group flew out of the Masai Mara. Taxiing off of a dirt airstrip in a 12 seater was a first for me. After connecting in Nairobi, we landed in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Tomorrow, we will travel to Mumbo and begin project visits there.

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017 – Experiencing the Mara

Today we finished all our monitoring work in Kenya so I had the chance to go on a game drive with Lawrence and Rama. It was spectacular! Here are a few pictures: After the Safari, I visited a Masai village where David kindly agreed to give me a tour. It was a very enjoyable and

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Monday, June 19, 2017 – New Teacher Housing in the Mara and More

This morning, our group set off at 8:00 AM to visit four projects in the Masai Mara. The first stop was Sekanani Primary School where brand new three plex teacher housing was recently completed. The staff housing was one of Gord Bontje’s 60th birthday gifts to A Better World. The complex was intended to house

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Sunday, June 18, 2017 – Clinics in the Mara

This morning, our group set off from Kericho at 7:30 AM and headed to our newest clinic in the Masai village of Niakarra. As we drove south, the lush countryside of eucalyptus forest and tea plantation gave way to xeric landscape. We briefly stopped in the city of Bomet to fuel up and meet with

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Saturday, June 17, 2017 – Janet’s Second Shop in Action

I woke up quite early this morning with the hope of observing wildlife around the Sopa Naivasha Resort. Upon opening the blinds, I was thrilled to see Masai giraffes, waterbucks, and plains zebras grazing several feet behind the lodge. It was a breathtaking – even spiritual – experience to sit on the grass and watch

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Friday, June 16, 2017 Blog 1: Naivasha – Gilgil

My name is Maison Leitch, and I will be updating a daily blog for the June 2017 Kenya-Tanzania monitoring trip. This is my first direct involvement with A Better World Canada. It is also my first time in East Africa, or to set foot on the African continent! Recently, after my September plans failed to

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2017 Priority Projects: Investing in clean water and toilets

By LAURA TESTER For nearly everyone living in the Western world, clean water and toilets are necessities. In rural East Africa, they’re luxuries. A Better World Canada is making steps to change that scenario in Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Identified as a priority project for 2017, it aims to add at least 100 new toilets,

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