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Poverty is the Worst Form of Violence

Mahatma Ghandi said “poverty is the worst form of violence.” That violence manifests itself in Northern Kenya through people who have poor nutrition and a higher risk of disease. They have a lower life expectancy and inadequate access to healthcare. For children … Continue reading

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Omar Gets Married

The Sokotei tree is a treasure to the wildlife and people of northern Kenya.  The dense low branches provide tiny dik-dik antelopes with a good hiding place from raptors; noisy francolins and helmeted guinea fowl have a cool midday place … Continue reading

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From Beggars to Lenders

The sun was setting as we gathered in the shade of Amina’s huts in Korr.  Kura had arranged for me to meet with the Bayo Savings Group and I recognized many faces.  Over steaming cups of sweetened goat milk tea, … Continue reading

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The Squirrel and the Elephant

A few months ago, Kura and I were sitting by the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu.  After a 12 day trip in the field, we were enjoying watching a family of elephants play in the river.  Kura was in a … Continue reading

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A Baby Named BOMA

When we arrive back at Judy’s house a large group of women are waiting for us.  They’re beautifully adorned in their jewelry and headdresses and all of the women are wearing bright orange shukas. Omar puts a bottle of water … Continue reading

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The Trees of Sand

At dawn we drove out of the village toward the Chalbi Desert, a land of dry volcanic sand that stretches all the way to Ethiopia.  Judy and Ali, as well as a couple of other village friends, all lifetime residents … Continue reading

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Begging is the First Born

At Judy’s home in Kargi there is a stick hut with burlap walls.  It has a dirt floor, a bed made of sticks and a thin foam mattress.  This will be my room for the next two nights. We arrived … Continue reading

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