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Visiting Our Youth With Disability Entrepreneurs Program
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Jun 21, 2015

6/21/15 What an incredible way to end this 3 ½ weeks of visiting Pilot Light Projects. I met our partner Henry from the Youth with Disability Entrepreneurs Program at a conference in Mexico last October. He heads an organization called Youth With Physical Disability Development Forum (YPDDF). We shared a very special experience when my […]

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Memorial, Baskets and Pig Cooperative
On: Jun 19, 2015
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6/19/15 We are nearing the end of the project visits and today was the last full day in Rwanda. I wanted to take Rand (the filmmaker who is with us) to the genocide memorial in Nyamata. It is a very difficult place to visit, but I believe it is our responsibility to know what happened […]

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Ribbon Cutting, Testimonials and a Joyful Celebration
On: Jun 18, 2015
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6/18/15 Today was another day that is the kind that re-focuses and re-energizes me to keep doing this kind of work. It was the second day of our visit to the Mother/Child Development Center Project (MCDC). We began the day at the Beverly Hills Academy, a pre-school and daycare for children of our beneficiaries. It […]

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Mother and Child Development Center Programs Day 1
On: Jun 17, 2015
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6/17/15 Back in Kigali now, we had our first day visiting the Mother and Child Development Center (MCDC) Project, along with our partners Chantal and Hope and their volunteer, Olivier. Two of three vocational skills taught at the center are hair dressing and manicuring. Since my visit last spring, MCDC has opened a hair salon […]

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Learning About the Traditional Culture of the Batwa
On: Jun 16, 2015
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6/16/15 For the first time since I have been coming to Africa to visit our projects, I took a couple days off to visit the mountain gorillas, which live very close to our Batwa villages. It was great to have some time to relax and the gorillas were spectacular! However, a wonderful unexpected plus was […]

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Banana River and the Rice Farmer Cooperative
On: Jun 12, 2015
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6/12/15 I have seen so many parts of Uganda, but today driving to Kihihi from Rukungiri, where we are staying, to visit the Rice Farmer Cooperative I saw perhaps one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The long dirt road winds through the tall mountains, which are literally covered in banana trees […]

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Visiting the Coffee Processing Plant and Cooperative Members
On: Jun 11, 2015
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6/11/15 I am thrilled to say that today I bought a modem stick and should be able to get online daily (I think…) This morning we travelled from Kabale to Kebisoni for a visit to our Coffee Farmer Cooperative (named KECOFA, Kebisoni Coffee Farmers), consisting of 700 members, both men and women. We met our […]

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An Extraordinary Day with the Batwa
On: Jun 11, 2015
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6/10/15 Day 2 Today was extraordinary in several ways. We visited a Batwa group that I had never visited before. It is located on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in a place that is physically different than the others. We drove until the road ended and continued on foot down a path alongside […]

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Day 1 of Batwa Visits
On: Jun 10, 2015
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6/9/15 Day 1 These last two days have been spent visiting the Batwa. The drive from Kigali back over the border into western Uganda has beauty that never ceases to amaze. In contrast to the hectic Ugandan streets with cars, trucks and motorcycles vying for space with no regard to laws or rules, the roads […]

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Travel Days
On: Jun 8, 2015
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6/8/15 Yesterday was spent driving seven hours back to the city of Kampala from Lira. We stopped on the way at my favorite spot for tilapia on the shore of Lake Victoria in Jinja, the Kingfisher. I do this every year and I really look forward to it each time. The tilapia at the lake […]

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