A little calamity


It was difficult telling the school the news from Raleigh. As I explained as best I could their reasons for not helping the school, Raymond covered his face with his hands. Continue reading

“If there is no struggle…

…there is no progress”. Frederick Douglass c. 1818 – February 20, 1895

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Raleigh International’s visit…

Bungando (27)“He’s a good looking boy”

“Yes and he knows it. He’s the smartest, the cutest and the naughtiest in my class” Continue reading

A little more thought…

“That’s what you’ll find when you’re starting a project here – one step forward 97 steps back…Perseverance is the key to living here”

It seems that there are some things that I hadn’t considered when I first started this project. The jealousy of the older students being one of those things. I honestly hadn’t thought about it being difficult for them to see me bring finger paints and crayons for the children to work with or sharing chai and mandazi because the school insisted I had to otherwise I couldn’t teach the kids. Clearly I had done no thinking at all… Continue reading


It’s nice to be able to get away for the weekends. Mwanza is beautiful but there’s not a lot to do – lots of bars and restaurants and places to shop, ┬ábut if you just want to admire the scenery and what a beautiful place you’ve managed to land yourself in then getting outside of the city is the best way. Continue reading

It’s not all work, work, work…

I have been a little too work focused recently, I admit it. Setting up the project, working with Leila, learning KiSwahili and TSL, lesson planning, and I am now converting into BSL Isamilo International School’s Christmas play and teaching them all how to sign it… Continue reading