Interviewing A Special Woman In The “Real” Village

A few weeks ago I wrote an article about life here in my village, Magulilwa. Soon after, I got an email of my school founder, and native Magulilwan, Evaristo Sanga. You wrote about the new part of Magulilwa, he said. If you want to see the “real village” you should visit my mother about 25…
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Election In East Africa

Ever since I got to my village in Tanzania, there has been campaign buzz regarding a recently-vacated seat of parliament due to the untimely passing of this area’s representative. The Iringa region was to elect a new official on March 16th. Within days of my arrival at the end of January, the first signs of…
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The Village

What’s an African village like? You’re about to find out. On the dirt path at the edge of my school’s property lies a large log. This barrier designates the start of the village, Magulilwa . Unlike what I had envisioned before getting here, the school property butts right up against the village, and with a…
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A Special Thank You To Donors: The Opening Of Our Tanzania School Computer Lab

I came to Magulilwa Area Secondary School (MASS) with a lot more than my luggage. I brought along twelve laptops to contribute to the school’s new computer lab. The summer before, I had teamed up with Change it Forward Tanzania, a non-profit based in Minneapolis, to raise money for the lab and laptops. Here is…
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Journey To My Village School

This is part three is a series about my current travels and project in East Africa. *** Our peaceful paved path ended with the interruption of bumps and rattles from the onset of the dirt road. Meadows were replaced by crops, and the people in the city (poorer than what I was used to, but…
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I’ve Moved To Africa: The Start Of A New Adventure

So far I’ve seen a zebra alongside the road like I would a deer in Minnesota, heard a goat crying in the morning the way I would a rooster, and enjoyed my first “bucket shower”. For now, I’ll introduce you to why I’m here in the first place and look ahead to the posts to…
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