Tag: hopes

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Grant us the serenity

I have always loved the serenity prayer, whether or not one connects it with religion or God – I think it’s a really beautiful and powerful way to think about life, especially the difficult and raw parts that this type of work exposes you to. “Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot...

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Goodbye David!

Today we say a bittersweet farewell to a delicious little boy, David Ndogo – who has returned home to his bibi (grandmother) and aunt. They had originally hoped to take him home in January, when I was over in Tanzania, but various legal hurdles had to be… hurdled… so it took until now. Better late...

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Going Personal – For Zi

For those of you who have been reading this blog since the beginning, you know that this was once just my private place to share my thoughts about my Tanzanian adventure, what I thought would be a fun four months, but has turned into a nonprofit that in less than a year has drilled a...

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First day of school!

UPDATE: Here are the kids on their first night of school in their brand new PJs! Photo courtesy of The Foundation For Tomorrow on Facebook.  “Orphans are easier to ignore before you know their names. They are easier to ignore before you see their faces. It is easier to pretend they’re not real before you...

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Thinking Small to Think Big

Unless you’ve managed to hide under a a rock for the last week (and if so, kudos to getting internet under your rock!), then you probably know that the world population hit 7 billion. That’s some terrifying stuff, if you ask me – and I adore kids! But I think everyone can agree that there...

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Frozen moment

This is a completely sappy, personal, emotional post, so if that’s not your thing, please feel free to skip this and check out the other pages, or come back in a few days for something more rational!  I am only thirty seven days away from seeing the kids again – and I couldn’t be more...

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Defining Family

Loveness cuddling Gracie As someone with an obvious vested interest in African orphanages, I’ve been following the situation in Rwanda with fascination. Essentially, the government is in the first stages of implementing a closure of all the country’s orphanages, with the children being returned to extended family or placed into foster homes. One of the...