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I’m in Africa!

December 5th, 2015

(I don’t have internet access right now so I’m just writing this and posting later. The post date will match when I write it.)

Fendell Liberia Bush.

Panoramic of the bush near the LLTW site in Fendell, Liberia.

I have now been in Liberia for almost 24 hours. My skin is dewy, I guess one would say. It is humid here and my thermometer says the the temp right now is 31 C or 88 F. I just got done with a 3 hour nap. I still feel tired!

The flights were successful this time around. My original flights should have started Tuesday Dec 1 and got me to Africa Dec 2. Well my Omaha flight was delayed so much that I would have missed my other flights, and the African flight is only three times a week. So I called my dad and had him pick me up and we hung out for a couple more days. I next went to the Omaha airport Thursday and flew and laid-over for a total of 36 hours. I slept about 4 hours during the flights. Glad that’s over! read more

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Road Trip! and Nebraska.

November 30th, 2015

I was going to write about the craziness of my last month in New England, my period of living out of boxes and bags and my car and friends’ houses and my long drive to Nebraska. But, who wants to hear about that? I don’t know, Africa will probably be more exciting. Bottom line: I worked my butt off for all this. I had some fun and some joy and some stress and I can’t wait for the pay off. Which comes in just a couple days!!

Here’s the cliff notes for my last two months:

The crew. Laurie and Gerry B. packed in the Honda.

The crew. Laurie and Gerry B. packed in the Honda.

New England:
packing, downsizing, deciding, throwing stuff out, selling stuff, giving stuff away, ordering stuff, canceling things, signing up for things, trying to be social and enjoy my friends for my last bit in New England, running around like a chicken with my head cut off, creating new wrinkles in my forehead. read more

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On Being Scared

July 9th, 2015
everything you've ever wanted is on the other side of fear george addair graphic by laurie scharp

First and foremost, one of my fears is opening up and getting personal to just anybody and that certainly includes the internet. But months ago, when I told someone (who also loves Africa and has been to a bunch of countries, a bunch of times) about my plan for my website and blog,  she said “That is so awesome. I hope you make it really personal.” My first thought was, “Oh, I hardly like posting things on Facebook…” So yeah. Also, I’ve been feeling a lot of feelings lately related to this life change and it’s not been easy to necessarily express it. So, here we go. read more

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Building Websites and Managing Social Media

May 24th, 2015

So why websites and social media?

Since January 2014 I’ve been the website and social media manager for a local (Mass/RI) non-profit group doing work in Liberia (Love Lights the Way). I have had a love for Africa for decades, I had some friends of friends involved on the board of LLTW, I contacted them through the website and the rest is history. It has been an amazing experience for so many reasons. Before that I had never touched the backside of website and was (and still am) pretty modest in my own social media (mostly Facebook) posting, but that’s where their need was and I was like “Heck yeah, I can do that!” read more

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I’m Going to Africa!

March 17th, 2015

This fall/winter (current estimate is December 2015) I’m going to Liberia, Uganda and Kenya to volunteer at schools, orphanages and community development centers for 6 months!  I’m very excited about this adventure. I plan to go for 6 months, but I would be very thrilled if an interesting and/or paid opportunity came up to stay longer.

photo by Adam Jones, PhD, in Southwestern Uganda.

photo by Adam Jones, PhD, in Southwestern Uganda.

I am quitting my job, putting my possessions in storage and flying to Africa to live and volunteer with several grassroots organizations who are making a difference in their communities. I want to offer whatever help I can and also learn as much from them as possible. read more

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