Archive for October, 2009

Winding down in Mozambique

Posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at 9:07 am

MAPUTO MOZAMBIQUE – Before I leave Mozambique I just wanted to write a bit about the people of Mozambique. This country was devastated by a 17-year civil war that ended in 1992.

A snapshot of village life in Bento, Chinde District, Mozambique

A snapshot of village life in Bento, Chinde District, Mozambique

That might seem time enough for a good deal of healing to take place, and it has — Mozambique is a stable, peaceful, forward looking nation. But the scars are still here.

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VISITING SCHOOLS IN ADDIS ABABA

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2009 at 7:54 am
A grade 2 student (in Concern’s partner’s Chad-Et’s Center 1 school) with her brand new Alternative Basic Education (ABE) Curriculum

A grade 2 student (in Concern’s partner’s Chad-Et’s Center 1 school) with her brand new ABE Curriculum

It is great to be back in Addis Ababa to meet with the children I visited a year ago. It is inspiring to hear about what education means to them and to see it contribute to real change in their lives.  Without programs like the one here, change could simply never happen. Read the rest of this entry »

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VIDEOGRAPHER ED KENNEY – MOZAMBIQUE

Posted on Wednesday, October 21st, 2009 at 11:23 am
Mother and Child in Mozambique

Mother and Child in Mozambique

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE – Have you ever seen an 8-month old baby vigorously drink water from a jerry can? No nipple, just a wide opening through which water is slowly poured, falling over the baby’s lips, then that familiar rhythmic sucking reflex. There is no crying, his eyes don’t even open – all of his energy is concentrated on drinking in every last drop. Read the rest of this entry »

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FOUNDATION OFFICER ERIN SORCE – ETHIOPIA

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 11:45 am
My Concern guest house room, and everything I brought with me to the field.

My Concern guest house room, and everything I brought with me to the field.

DENVER, COLORADO - This is going to be an interesting trip: Denver to Washington DC to Rome to Addis Ababa. I arrived at my gate in Denver to find four other people travelling straight through with me to Ethiopia.  Read the rest of this entry »

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VIDEOGRAPHER ED KENNEY – MOZAMBIQUE

Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2009 at 11:10 am
 
Installation of solar-panel driven pump systems gets underway

Installation of solar-panel driven pump systems gets underway

CATAPU, MOZAMBIQUE - I spent two full days visiting three sites where Concern and its partner AKSM are completing the installation of three solar-panel driven pump systems.  Read the rest of this entry »

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VIDEOGRAPHER ED KENNEY – MOZAMBIQUE

Posted on Friday, October 16th, 2009 at 10:02 am
 
Map of Mozambique

Map of Mozambique

MAPUTO, MOZAMBIQUE - “I have to tell you; camping in Chinde probably won’t be the most comfortable, but it’s only for a night.”  Concern Mozambique’s Assistant Country Director for Programs, Sarah Allen, is giving me fair warning as we go through my itinerary for the next ten days here.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Recognizing the Power of Human Potential – Malawi

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 3:52 pm

“These crops you see here during this dry season are the results of our club’s dedication and desire to see off poverty once and for all. We are now well equipped, thanks to Concern, to produce enough food – a thing which had eluded this village for many years.

In fact, we have given a ray of hope and confidence to many in this village who didn’t believe that with enough commitment and hard work, the beast called hunger can be defeated. We will not wait for Concern to come again to our rescue. They did their part and now we have a good foundation to tackle hunger.”

—Mr. Enock Mbeta, Treasurer, Mtisautsa Community Irrigation Club, Nkhotakota District, Malawi Read the rest of this entry »

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Drought in Kenya Threatens a Way of Life

Posted on Thursday, October 15th, 2009 at 3:49 pm

The hope is that rain will come. It is now due: if it fails again, it will be devastating. It is no coincidence that the word for rain in the Maasai language is the same as that for God.

Kenya is currently in the grip of a severe drought that has killed crops, crippled the country’s production of food, and caused serious shortages of affordable food in urban areas.  But the pastoralist communities in Kenya’s rural areas are being hit hardest and most severely. Read the rest of this entry »

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HEALTH ADVISOR PHILIP WEGNER – BURUNDI

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2009 at 1:11 pm
Soldiers running together in daily exercise routine near the DRC border

Soldiers running together in daily exercise routine near the DRC border

Getting to Burundi

This is my second time now within the past two months that I have had to transit through Nairobi, Kenya en-route to the African Great Lakes countries (Rwanda and Burundi). Read the rest of this entry »

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