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  • 2018 has just begun, and we are off and running thanks to you! The Togetherness Cooperative in Rwanda is bursting with kids, with innovation and with hope for the future. Togetherness is one special example of what your faithful friendship paired with good local leadership can bring to life. Several hundred children regularly congregate at […] The post 2018 — Arms Wide Open! appeared first on Afri...

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  • It’s hard to think of a more faithful and generous couple than Dennis and Janie Henderson. Since their marriage in 2015 — with Dennis’s longstanding friendship going back even further — Dennis and Janie have been at the core of the African Road community in Portland. This dynamic duo brings their fun energy and spirit of […] The post Meet Dennis and Janie, dear friends of African Road appeared fir...

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  • The scent of baking pies, the happiness of loving hugs, faces of sweet children we haven’t seen for too many months, catching up with loved ones here at home. In the middle of all of this joy, friends in East Africa remain near to my heart. Exuberant dancing, joyful welcomes, testimonies of progress and hard […] The post Gratitude from Oregon and East Africa Today appeared first on African Road.

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  • By Joni Grace Powers, volunteer facilitator extraordinaire (thank you Joni!) Over thirty community leaders representing Village Community Banking (VICOBA) collectives around East Africa gathered for a focus group in Kigali, Rwanda this month. Imagine five languages swirling around a room, punctuated by spontaneous celebration! I (the Texan in the room) had everyone shouting “Howdy!” by […] The pos...

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  • “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead You might have heard the above quote before. To me, Maggie Hanson is the embodiment of its meaning. Can you imagine raising over $50,000 for a cause that you […] The post Meet Maggie Hanson, Champion and Activist for the Batwa Indigenous People appear...

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  • by Evariste Ndikumana, African Road Changemaker Evariste Ndikumana is a leader of the Batwa Indigenous People in Burundi. Long marginalized and left out of development efforts, the Batwa are among the poorest people in Burundi, a country that stands as one of the poorest countries in the world. African Road, together with the First Presbyterian […] The post “If I could see them, we could dance tog...

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Why Togetherness?

  • By Donna Edwards Weber — and Bryan Weber too! 2017 Learning Trip Participants At first, I had a hard time wrapping my head around the ongoing mission of the Togetherness Cooperative. The horrific Rwandan Genocide happened in 1994 — 23 years ago. The people affected are now adults. Why do they need a Cooperative, and why should […] The post Why Togetherness? appeared first on African Road.

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  • By Grace McLaren, 2017 Learning Trip Participant Here’s what I’d say to someone thinking about coming on a Learning Trip: Expect this to change your life in some way. The African Road Learning Trip recalibrates how you see things. I am really glad that I joined the 2017 African Road Learning Trip. The connections with […] The post What I’d say to someone thinking about a learning trip… by Grace Mc...

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  • Guest post by Kathryn Gearheard, 2017 Learning Trip Participant Though my expectations for my African Road Learning trip were high, they were fulfilled the first day we were in Dar es Salaam. Little did I know how much those expectations would be exceeded again and again. I told my family that what I wanted to […] The post The best travel experience of my life by Kathryn Gearheard appeared first o...

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  • Guest post by Rikki Baltes, 2017 Learning Trip Participant The learning trip changed my life drastically. I ended the trip with so much love and hope in my heart. The learning trip has given me the opportunity to meet some of the strongest people I have ever met. Their stories are full hope and resilience. […] The post Grateful for New Experiences by Rikki Baltes appeared first on African Road.

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  • Guest post by Glenda Montgomery, 2017 Learning Trip participant The mandatory “feet on the carpet photo” at PDX marks my return to Portland from an extraordinary adventure with African Road this summer. During two weeks in July, a small group of us from the States was privileged to be guided by Kelly Bean into the […] The post New Hope for Girls by Glenda Montgomery appeared first on African Road.

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  • VICOBA training asks participants to identify what they have, moving from a mindset of hopelessness to recognizing resources. For the women of the Dorcas Cooperative, this was a tough question to ponder. “We live in a very dry part of Kenya where it is very difficult to get water. For us, the challenge of water […] The post VICOBA Training meets The Three Amigos: Savvy Business Women Launch a Sewi...

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  • We are thrilled to report that progress is underway! The first portion of funds raised in our March campaign “Sewing Hope for Girls” has been released to our New Hope for Girls partners in Tanzania. With these funds, Consoler Wilbert, Director of the New Hope for Girls Organization (NHGO), together with her husband Eliya, have […] The post Project update — shop space leased for Sewing Hope for Gir...

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  • Last week, I had the chance to sit down with David Clemy, the brilliant founder of VICOBA business and savings training and our guest speaker at this year’s Gala. David shared the inspiration behind VICOBA training, his impressions of the US, and his favorite food – which might not be what you think! You are […] The post On ice cream, Scottish passports, and challenging stereotypes of poverty: an ...

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  • I’m Katie, you may notice from my accent that I’m not from round here. I live in London, England and as Kelly’s already mentioned I work as a photographer and in communications. Over the last 4 years I have had the privilege of working with African Road, I was a volunteer in their Portland office […] The post A Photographer’s Journey with African Road appeared first on African Road.

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  • This post was adapted from a talk Craig Spinks gave at the African Road Gala in 2016. I want to tell you the story of how I fell in love with African Road. But it’ll help if you first hear a bit of my backstory. I’m a videographer. I started making videos at around age […] The post A Cynic’s Endorsement for African Road appeared first on African Road.

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The Story of Loveness

  • I met Loveness, a member of New Hope for Girls Organization, in July 2016. Consoler — NHGO’s founder and mom to 32 rescued girls — asked me how old I thought Loveness was. I looked at her small frame and guessed 6 or 7 years old. In fact, Loveness was 12. She had bright eyes […] The post The Story of Loveness appeared first on African Road.

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  • This post was written by photographer Katie Garner, working on photo assignment with African Road in East Africa this month.  Over the course of 2 days, we visited 3 Batwa villages. The Batwa, as you may be aware, are indigenous to East Africa and make up approx 1% of the population of Burundi. Traditionally hunters […] The post The Parable of the Lost Memory Card — A Story from Burundi appeared f...

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  • English girl in East Africa

    It’s good to be back. You may remember me, Katie Garner, from such chronicles as ‘How to eat your way around New York’ in 2010, or ‘How not to navigate the Congo’ in 2012, or ‘Various shades of coffee shop’ in Portland, Oregon 2015. Now, I’m back with East Africa 2017. Obviously not all of […] The post English girl in East Africa appeared first on African Road.

  • Capturing partnerships — the view from behind the lens

    Sitting around a table stretching 24 feet are 32 girls between about the ages of six and twenty. Each has a story of great suffering, but you wouldn’t know that from the tone of this gathering. They are laughing, playing games, and interacting like sisters. It’s dinner time for this makeshift family, and I’m honored […] The post Capturing partnerships — the view from behind the lens appeared first...

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  • A message from Parfaite, African Road VICOBA graduate

    “Hello, my name is Parfaite Nimbona, and I am a single mom and a member of Pilgrims VICOBA group in Burundi. Over the last five years I have tried multiple small businesses (selling clothes, women’s products…) but because they all seemed to fail in the first year, I had concluded that business was probably not […] The post A message from Parfaite, African Road VICOBA graduate appeared first on Afr...

  • Bakery Training at Togetherness Cooperative

    As a donor and volunteer for African Road, it doesn’t get much better than this: Pulling up to the Togetherness Cooperative in person for the first time, feeling the breeze, seeing the view, smelling the farm, and knowing it really is real. On Tuesday, I was delighted to visit the cooperative while bakery training was in full […] The post Bakery Training at Togetherness Cooperative appeared first ...

  • One year later, VICOBA still bringing change in Tanzania

    Sunny skies, big smiles, and flourishing businesses – that’s what greeted African Road VICOBA trainer David Clemy on his recent trip to Tanzania. Last year, 63 women and girls in Tanzania participated in VICOBA small business training. The participants are members of New Hope for Girls, a refuge for girls escaping indentured servitude – a […] The post One year later, VICOBA still bringing change i...

  • Aaaaaand we’re off! Women’s bakery training begins in Rwanda

    Aaaaaand we’re off! 21 women and young people have begun training to start a bakery business in Rwanda. The bakery business will create jobs for women, provide nutritionally enhanced bread – a commodity that is in high demand but short supply in Rwanda – and impart skills that can be used for life, such as […] The post Aaaaaand we’re off! Women’s bakery training begins in Rwanda appeared first on ...

  • VICOBA begins in Kenya!

    Last week, African Road Changemaker David Clemy travelled to Kibwezi, Kenya to lead the first session of VICOBA training. Kibwezi is a rural community in dry, Eastern Kenya on the road between Mombasa and Nairobi. Access to water is one of life’s major challenges in this region. The women of the Dorcas Cooperative, who are […] The post VICOBA begins in Kenya! appeared first on African Road.

  • Meet Leigh Harvey, African Road Rockstar

    Meet Leigh Harvey, longtime friend of African Road, Women’s Bakery Champion, and all-around rock star fundraiser. Leigh has been a supporter of African Road since the early days. In 2010, she gathered some friends* to travel to Rwanda with Kelly Bean and went back again in 2014. This summer, Leigh joined Kelly to visit African […] The post Meet Leigh Harvey, African Road Rockstar appeared first on...

  • In the past week alone…

    In the past week alone…   More than 150 children from the indigenous Batwa tribe in Burundi started school. Crops are being planted in three rural Batwa villages. Progress is being made in Kenya on a well project. Funding was committed for teacher training for Togetherness preschool teachers in Rwanda. 50 women and young people […] The post In the past week alone… appeared first on African Road.

  • Bonding over brunch, building a better world

    Last Saturday morning, African Road supporters filed in out of the Portland rain with brunch dishes and a heartfelt curiosity to learn about East Africa. After coffee was poured, plates were filled up, and the mingling settled down, everyone gathered in Dennis and Janie Henderson’s living room to hear and see the stories Kelly, African […] The post Bonding over brunch, building a better world appe...

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