Monthly Archives: October 2011

The Verdant Forest of Mount Kulal

Millions of years ago the African continent tore itself apart, creating a jagged trench from Jordan in the north to Mozambique in the south. Great volcanic mountains erupted on either side of this giant crevice including Kilimanjaro and Ol Donyo … Continue reading

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Under Siege

After a night of malarone-infused anxiety dreams I awoke to the sound of young fruit dropping on my tin roof from the gnarled olive tree above my hut.  The winds had arrived.  As the dawn broke, the intensity of the … Continue reading

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0% Failure (and tomorrow the adventure begins)

In the months prior to this trip to Kenya, I had spent a lot of time reading about the success of healthcare in Africa.  While economic interventions, in general, have not been overly successful – incomes across the continent are … Continue reading

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The Mechanic and Body Guard Nannies

One only has to be in a village or in a meeting with mothers to see how loved a baby is in the traditional cultural settings of Kenya.  At Mentor University we have two young mothers with babies – Damaris … Continue reading

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Bringing Down the House

The first sound I heard on Saturday morning was the muzzehin calling the faithful to prayer. It was 4:30 AM. In this village of mostly Catholic parishioners, South Horr is a typical village in northern Kenya, with a diversity of … Continue reading

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Now We Have a Bond

The annual training program for all of BOMA’s Village Mentors, dubbed Mentor University, was conducted in a conference hall at the Samburu Sports Club — a round building held up by long narrow poles and a cement half-wall. The panels … Continue reading

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From Safari to South Horr

The MAF plane was a large one with few passengers.  The plane had 4 rows of three seats each.  The back center section was left open, with no seats, and was intended as an area to strap down loads of … Continue reading

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