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Guest Blogger has written 13 posts for Village Volunteers' Blog

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

A glimpse of New Light

BY DINA BENNETT Come Along With Me…… Sangita Dey was driven from her village home by profound poverty. Actually, that’s not strictly accurate. Profound poverty didn’t drive her from her home – it drove her to believe a man who came to her village and promised that he would take care of her and her […]

Education is my life – A journey that led to the Sirua Aulo Academy

By Emmanuel Leina Tasur John Dewey said “Education is not preparation for life, education is life itself.” How true that is. I strongly believe that education in whatever form is a lifelong quest and no one should ever be tired of learning until their day here ends. This is the story of my lifelong quest […]

Life before Lenana

This post is written by an iron-willed young woman who refused to let go of her dream of getting an education. Anne Barbara Simiyu is currently a student at the extraordinary Lenana Girls’ High School in Kitale, Kenya, run by our partnering organization Common Ground for Africa (CGA). In a boarding school like Lenana Girls’ HS, girls […]

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