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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 […]

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 […]

A new child care center in Kenya and a phenomenal new volunteer opportunity!

Sister Freda is all heart. Any volunteer who works with her expresses how fortunate he/she is to have worked alongside someone so utterly immersed in service. But while most of what we talk about regarding the Sister Freda Foundation has to do with the copious medical services and facilities she provides to thousands in Kitale, […]

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 […]

Jeff in Kenya: Stepping out of one comfort zone to create a whole new one in Africa

By Jeff Loehring I decided to venture to Kenya on September 4, 2013. I had never traveled outside of the United States…so arriving in Narobi was eye opening and exciting to say the least. My blood was pumping as I tried to take in the environment around me. No matter how much I wanted to crawl […]

Being the Change: The remarkable story of the Weiss Scholarship Fund

By Brett Weiss On June 8th I took off from O’Hare Airport on my fourth trip to Kenya in the last 6 years. I was joined by Emily Egan who is a Religion Teacher at St. Viator High School in Arlington Heights, IL. I am a Social Studies Teacher at Bartlett High School in Bartlett, […]

What it’s like to be at Mountain View Eco Farm, Nepal

In 2013, a wonderful young man named Sterling Dragoo, a gap year student, was the first of our volunteers to go to Mountain View Eco Farm in Nepal. We are so grateful for this warm and poignant piece that Sterling wrote about his volunteer experience at MVEF, which paints an oh-so inviting picture of its breathtaking landscape, the rewarding nature of the […]

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Village Volunteers (VV) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that works in partnership with rural village and capacity-building programs to support the development of sustainable solutions for community survival, education, and thoughtful growth.

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