A poor definition of “poor”

What comes to mind you hear the word “poor”? For me, I think of people without money, who are obviously unhappy. Their lives must be unfulfilling because they are without the one thing needed to have true wealth. They probably suffer. Our government, society, and the media all condition us to think that life revolves... Continue Reading →

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Human Connection: A Haiku

Without words, smiles energy laughter remind me that we're all one.   I visited some women farmers in a village the other day for work. Although we couldn't communicate verbally (I don't yet speak Wolof), we became good friends. We communicated in a language that doesn't involve words. We were happy about each others' presence... Continue Reading →

How to move to Africa alone

It’s not easy moving to another continent where you don’t know anyone, away from your family and friends. It’s not easy Skyping with loved ones while they’re celebrating holidays or birthdays together, pretending that the pixelated image of your face puts you there with them. It’s not easy seeing people living in poverty every day,... Continue Reading →

Imagine eating a horse burger

The other day I saw a man walking down the street carrying a dead chicken. It’s not uncommon to see that here, they do it casually like people carrying grocery bags. When you see it for the first time, you might think “eek!” like I did. But is carrying a grocery bag with packaged chicken... Continue Reading →

The poor don’t just need money

We’ve all seen those sad commercials on TV of malnourished children in Africa. There’s sad music playing, it’s tugging at our heart strings, and the goal is to get us to donate money (which will go towards food, water, etc.). And there’s nothing wrong with that, it definitely has its place! But what’s more sustainable... Continue Reading →

“I’m moving to…”

“You’re moving to Africa!?” they said, “but is it safe!?” This was one of the most common responses I got when I told people I was moving to Senegal (after asking where Senegal is). I also got it before traveling to both Ghana and Tanzania for shorter periods of time, so I expected it. One... Continue Reading →

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