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

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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A Blessing in Disguise
On: May 23, 2016
By: admin

Sometimes when something happens that seems to be a terrible thing, it actually turns out to be a blessing in disguise. That is the case with our Coffee Farmer Cooperative. When we began this project, Father Ignatius was the advisor to the cooperative and was the one who was responsible for mobilizing the farmers, but […]

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Tangible Progress with the Batwa
On: May 20, 2016
By: admin

This morning we took the picturesque drive from Kigali to the Ugandan border and into Batwa country. It was a wonderful day, because the results of our programs with the Batwa are truly tangible. Arriving at the first village is always exciting. We have driven far, the last hour or more on an extremely bumpy […]

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Tangible Growth and Progress: Day 2 in Kigali
On: May 19, 2016
By: admin

Since I come to Africa only once a year, it is easy to see the progress made in our projects from year to year. This makes me feel confident that all of our efforts and those of our local partners are worth it, in most cases. Today, under a lovely tree on a farm off […]

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The Resilient Women of MCDC: First day in Kigali
On: May 18, 2016
By: admin

In years past, I have used the blog to describe the activities of each day during my visit to Pilot Light Projects and I have gone in depth about each project. This year, I am going to focus on the individuals that make up our beneficiaries instead. Today was a day of stories, both heartbreaking […]

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My final thoughts
On: Jun 22, 2015
By: admin

6/22/15 Tonight I am finally heading back to the US. We have travelled hundreds of miles by car through Uganda and Rwanda, through some of the most beautiful scenery that exists. We have met wonderful new people at every stop and reconnected with all of our extended Pilot Light family of colleagues, beneficiaries, drivers, hotel […]

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Visiting Our Youth With Disability Entrepreneurs Program
On: Jun 21, 2015
By: admin

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
By: admin

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
By: admin

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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