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Drought and the Mother of the Money
By: admin
May 26, 2017

The farmers in our Rice Farmers Cooperative –Kihihi are suffering from a serious drought. Driving through the countryside, there are dying and dead crops as far as the eye can see, in some places. We visited two farms today, one without a water source for irrigation and one with. The water is manually diverted by […]

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Determination and Persistence and All Is Not Lost
On: May 25, 2017
By: admin

Sometimes things do not go as we planned and we have to find ways to solve issues and save our project. It would be dishonest to pretend that things never go wrong. At no fault of their own, our Coffee Cooperative #1 has twice suffered setbacks that caused us to regroup, re-plan and recover the […]

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30 Miles and Generosity of Spirit
On: May 24, 2017
By: admin

Twenty-eight miles on a seriously challenging dirt road, one mile walking on a gorgeous path in the forest alongside a river and one mile hiking straight up the face of a mountain that would be a black diamond trail were it a ski run (the last hundred feet a picturesque green hill), and we arrived […]

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An Incredible Transformation
On: May 23, 2017
By: admin

As always, we begin this trip by hitting the road running. I have described the drive before from Kigali in Rwanda to Kabale in Western Uganda and into the mountains of Batwa country, but it is so visually spectacular that it deserves to be said again. The scenery is staggeringly beautiful. We passed by many […]

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Help me and let me help you…
On: Jun 5, 2016
By: admin

We are taking a day to relax before heading home and, as I reflect on this trip while laying beside a beautiful pool with a soothing breeze blowing, a green vista and Lake Victoria in the near distance, the truth that is present in every other day that I am here other than today is […]

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…That’s all she wrote, folks.
On: Jun 4, 2016
By: admin

We left the hotel in Kampala this morning at 6:30 AM to head out for our last project visit in Kyankwanzi, central Uganda. It has been three long weeks. We have travelled more than a thousand miles by car, 50% of that on bad roads. This morning, we (myself, my husband and Pilot Light Program […]

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It’s Not Just about the Money
On: Jun 2, 2016
By: admin

Today I realized how important our visits are to the success of the projects. It was also a day where we experienced incredible joy and a feeling of purpose and commitment, despite the fact that our Youth With Disability Entrepreneurs Program is not doing nearly as well as we would like it to be doing. […]

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Wow Wow Wow; Two Trees and a Factory
On: May 31, 2016
By: admin

Sometimes things go much better than you can imagine they will and today was a day like that. The Rice Farmer Cooperative-Lira (official name is North Rice Cooperative) is a project that was conceived one year ago during my trip to Uganda. Our partners at Development Monitors have done an extraordinary job of mobilizing the […]

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Everything Happens Under a Tree
On: May 30, 2016
By: admin

In Africa, you can find classrooms, meetings, meals and just about anything happening under a tree. It is there that we met the two remarkable young people highlighted below… After three days of travel in a row, we are now in Lira, Northern Uganda to visit two projects. We spent today visiting beneficiaries of our […]

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Ups and Downs, But Mostly Up!
On: May 27, 2016
By: admin

We have just gotten back to the city, Kigali, after a couple of days with no wifi. The last few days have been full of ups and downs, but ultimately every down has ended with an up, in the end. We spent one day with the Rice Farmer-Kihihi Cooperative, meeting with the board and then […]

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