Tony the cat

The Way To Love

Just one week ago I shared this photo as I was saying goodbye to my younger sister about to move overseas. I had no idea that who I really had to say goodbye to was this little guy in the photo, Tony. On Friday, April 15, Tony...

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Family, or Something Like It

Yesterday was the first Guardian’s Day at the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. All parents and family members were invited to spend the day at ASYV with their children. The day started off at 10:00am, with about 500 people...

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At the end of every year, the new students at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) have a picnic. It is a day for the whole Icyizere (hope) grade to get together and have fun at Lake Mugesera, near ASYV. But what was meant to be...

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My Love Letter to Prague

Dear Prague, Exactly one year ago, I left you for a new adventure, a new life. I packed my bags and boarded a plane headed to South Africa with the destination unknown.  You were the first place that I truly felt at home after...

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Wild Sri Lanka

Located just off the coast of India, Sri Lanka is a mecca for wildlife resembling scenes from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. You would never expect this small island to have an abundance of wildlife, but it is considered...

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The Future of Rwanda

This April marks the 20th anniversary of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda where one million people were murdered in a matter of 100 days.  For many ASYV students, it is a traumatic part of their past and they are...

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Family that received support from ASYV

Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World

Last Tuesday marked the first day of tikkun olam for Senior 4 (second year) students at Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village. Tikkun olam, or “repairing the world” in Hebrew, is a core component of the Village. The students volunteer...

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For the past ten years I have lived a nomadic lifestyle, moving from one place to the next. Although each place has been unique and far from my origin, all have been “home.” One month ago I moved to Rwanda where it...

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Why I Appreciate Eating Alone

Last weekend I drove to Miami for a mini vacation. I went to one of my favorite bookstores in Coral Gables, Books and Books for a talk with the MindBodyGreen founder, Jason Machob. I sat in the cafe to relax after a two and...

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