Monthly Archives: March 2010

This Is Africa

Festus, the Front Office Manager of Sekenani Camp, provides the orientation for the guests before they head to their tents. “We have no fence that surrounds the camp, so you must not walk anywhere, particularly at night, without one of our … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa, African climate change, African drought, African women, Barbara Lee Shaw, Boma Fund Business Mentors, Climate change refugees, Dining for Women, Economic empowerment, Empower African women, Female Genital Mutilation, FGM (Female Genital Mutilation), Kathleen Colson, Kenya, Maasai, Maasai Girls Education Fund (MGEF), Mama Rungu, Nairobi, REAP (Rural Entrepreneur Access Project), Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), Sekenani Camp, The BOMA Fund | 1 Comment

Mama Rungu, They Were Beating Me Around My Shoulders

Mountain Lodge is situated in Mt. Kenya National Park, and while we cannot see the top of the mountain because of the clouds, everyone enjoys the quiet nature of this wooden building overlooking a waterhole. We have whispered conversations over … Continue reading

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BOMA Business Mentors

Semeji, BOMA’s security man, provides a traditional blessing to begin the BOMA presentation of the Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP) to the DFW group. After each intonation, the group is asked to hold their palms up and as they say … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa, African climate change, African drought, African women, Boma Fund Business Mentors, Climate change refugees, Dining for Women, Economic empowerment, Empower African women, Kasuit, Kathleen Colson, Laisamis, Mama Rungu, Northern Kenya, REAP (Rural Entrepreneur Access Project), Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), The BOMA Fund | 1 Comment

Umoja and the Lions

The morning after we arrived at Simba Lodge in Buffalo Springs, the adjoining reserve to the flooded Samburu Reserve, we were informed that the Chinese road builders had repaired the bridge over the Ewaso Nyiro. Aleya, our one stranded Mentor … Continue reading

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Mama Rungu, You Can Not Cross

 Kura will stay back with the Business Mentors in Isiolo while I return to Nairobi to meet the Dining for Women (DFW) safari group. It does not take long for the jarring hip hop music to start up while I … Continue reading

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Crossing the Kaisut

By 4:15 a.m., Gumps is loaded and ready to go. We are headed back to the Samburu area where all of our Business Mentors will meet with the Dining for Women safari group. We will be collecting most of the Mentors along … Continue reading

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Mama Rungu Church

The one luxury I had brought on this trip was a battery-powered fan. Halfway through the night, in my dripping, hot hut in Loiyangalani, the fan died. I woke up to rain pounding on my thatched roof. Loiyangalani usually has consistent … Continue reading

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Posted in Africa, African climate change, African drought, African women, Climate change refugees, Dining for Women, Economic empowerment, Empower African women, Kathleen Colson, Lake Turkana, Lake Turkana Wind Project, Mama Rungu, Northern Kenya, REAP (Rural Entrepreneur Access Project), Rural Entrepreneur Access Project (REAP), The BOMA Fund | 1 Comment