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A Passion for International Work by Elizabeth Lucas, RSW

I remember sitting in Richard Gregory’s Community Development class at Medicine Hat College, being shown a film on female circumcision and wanting to do a field trip to Africa. That was in 2000 and in 2010 I realized my dream through an organization called Village Volunteers. www.villagevolunteers.com this organization facilitates the connection of volunteers to […]

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Goat Dairy project at Lenana Girls HS: A report

Last year Village Volunteers helped raise funds to establish a goat dairy farm at Lenana Girls High School (Kitale, Kenya) through the annual WASSA Thanksgiving Day Dance, held in Seattle, WA. Thanks to generous donations, Common Ground for Africa (the umbrella organization under which comes Lenana HS) was able to construct a dairy shade on school premises, […]

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This Is Social Media, So Share What Matters

By Marlena Szymczak Yes, there are good people left in this world; Make their actions known. I had a teacher in high school–Mr. Weiss. I had him for AP Macroeconomics. Yet, when I came into his classroom, he resembled much more than the everyday econ teacher. He embodied what it meant to really teach. He led by […]

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Science center at Lenana Girls’ High School in Kenya inspires new learning & opportunity for its formidable students

By Joshua Machinga There is no denying that deeply entrenched gender discrimination creates a bleak outlook for women and community development in rural Kenya. Through our work with village communities, we have realized that for larger development payoffs, we have to put resources into poor women’s hands and promote gender equality. Giving girls greater choice […]

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Recent Successes with the SiSi Fund in Western Kenya

By Joshua Machinga Kitale, Kenya: Last year Elizabeth Namaswa received a small-business loan of $200 from one of Village Volunteers’ alumni volunteers, which she invested in the green banana farming project in her village near Kitale. This project, started by Common Ground for Africa (CGA), is helping develop a strong banana farming sector in and […]

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Hope at Muhuru Bay: How Two Village Volunteers projects in Kenya are helping families cope with sickle cell disease and malnutrition

Mama Maria Clinic, Muhuru Bay, Kenya: Earlier this month, several women – community health workers, ‘opinion leaders’, village elders, mothers of children with sickle cell anemia – participated in a training workshop on planting, harvesting and using the moringa tree so they can provide vital nutrition their families desperately need. This is part of a […]

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Blair’s volunteering experience at a Nepalese farm

By Blair Sando My ten-week visit to Nepal was nothing short of remarkable … and I have Mountain View Eco Farm to thank for that.  Though my journey to Nepal was not easy, after a few short days I began to really dive in to my role on the farm. I began to learn more […]

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Lenana Girls’ High School: A critical & effective response to a multi-pronged problem

BY JOSHUA MACHINGA Common Ground for Africa (CGA) started Lenana Girls High School (LGHS) to help provide quality education for bright, motivated Kenyan girls, who otherwise would not have access to secondary education due to extreme poverty, helping them, their families and their communities find a pathway out of poverty. LGHS’s mission is to provide […]

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