World Teacher Aid

I woke up this morning feeling sad

At 9am, I was supposed to be riding in a stuffy 9-seater van driving down dusty, unpaved roads to a Kenyan refugee village. For the past 6 years, I’ve taken this bumpy drive to visit the Shalom community. Today I was longing to see those children’s happy faces and feel their little hands in mine when I return and reconnect with them. They cheerfully welcome us with exuberant singing and dancing, and playfully fight over holding the hands of all the donors who accompany us.… Read more...

Building Schools and Lives in Kenya

Welcome from Molo Community, KenyaAs you may know, over the past 5 years I’ve been involved in building schools in communities for traumatically displaced people. Working through the nonprofit organization World Teacher Aid, we’ve completed 7 schools, each serving about 500 kids, and we have more schools on the way. We are building schools and lives at the same time. Due to the post-election violence in Kenya in 2007, 600,000 people were displaced. Others died. They lost their homes, communities, family members and most of their possessions. Some were middle class workers while others were poor farmers. In just one night, their lives changed forever.… Read more...

Spotlight on Kenya: Hope for a Better Future

In 2009 a Canadian couple with a dream and $1000 in their nonprofit  bank account were inspired to build schools in Kenya for refugees displaced by political and tribal violence. Stu McLaren, an internet marketer and his wife, Amy, a second grade teacher, wanted to bring two things to these communities: hope and education. They co-founded World Teacher Aid to make it happen. Pete and I jumped in with enthusiasm – fundraising, traveling, actually building schools in Kenya with our own hands – and our lives have been enriched in ways we never could have imagined. KidsInClassPEteachers1 Since then, we have visited Kenya three times to help World Teacher Aid build schools.… Read more...

To Think or Not to Think

woman reading bookHere are two very different couples therapy resources for you to consider… Long ago I immersed myself in studying object relations theory. Winnicott was one of the many authors I read. Claire Rabin’s book Winnicott and ‘Good Enough’ Couple Therapy brought me back to some of my early roots.… Read more...

Kenya: The Transformative Power of Hope

Lemolo_classroom_225If you have known me for a while, you know that Pete and I are very dedicated to building schools for displaced refugee communities in Kenya. I’ve wanted to write to you for weeks, since returning from our most recent trip. At last I am able to write, after recovering from jet lag and catching up.… Read more...
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