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Zoom Fund for Student Sponsorships

January 8th, 2020

Zoom Fund is a great group of kids in Nebraska who are helping me (Laurie) to fundraise for the children in Kisii. Thanks Ailani for writing this up!

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Bad Lighting, Crappy Mirrors and Having No Idea What You Look Like

October 2nd, 2019


Some say girls like mirrors. It’s nice to be able to look into a mirror and see if you have mud or food on your face. Or a boogger in your nose. Or some weird growth. It’s nice to have a full length mirror: to see how your outfit’s looking, to check if you sat in dirt and to check if you’re gaining or losing weight.

Many places I’ve been in Africa have not had mirrors! In America, it seems that they are everywhere. Certainly everyone has at least one decent one in their home, and I’ve always had several. read more

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Fabulous Gratitude Exercise – Something for Your Bullet Journal

May 3rd, 2019


About 2 years ago I did a gratitude challenge on Facebook (Laurie Goes to Africa on FB). I was pushing myself to spend 30 days listing 3 things that I’m grateful for in the morning and 3 things that I’m grateful for at night. I was hoping it was going to TRANSFORM MY LIFE.

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Shame and Vulnerability

December 6th, 2018

Scary topics, eh?

I recently finished reading “Daring Greatly” by Brene Brown.

Her first TED Talk is one of the top 5 most viewed TED Talk’s ever (with more than 35 million views)… funny enough, she was petrified after giving the talk and didn’t want anyone to see it!

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Great Books for Helping the Poor

October 1st, 2018

I love learning. I love building my mind. Although I try to not be a perfectionist, I do desire to be as close to the best that I can be as possible. That’s why I’m always trying to grow, learn and improve. I believe in working smarter, not harder and what better way to do that to learn new things? I don’t have a degree in International Development, Business, Children’s Work or Sociology, (my degree is in Chemistry), but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to be equipped properly. Here are 5 books that I’ve read in the past year that have really helped form and guide what I do in Kenya. They are some super helpful and suggested reading for missionaries, development workers or other people working with the poor.

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Little TSA Lock Miracle Story

August 1st, 2018

Check out my story of how God reminded me that he’d take care of me using at $15 TSA lock in Kenya.

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Primary Project 2: Tutoring Family-less Children

May 11th, 2018

A big thing I’ve been doing in Kisii is tutoring these sweet kids at the children’s home. I’m not just catching them up on things they’re calling behind in, but I’m teaching them the love of learning and teaching… and showing them love and attention.

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Primary Project 1: Small Business Owner Training/Mentoring

April 10th, 2018

Poverty alleviation is one of my main passions and it’s also one of the main things I’m working on here in Kisii Kenya. As the main activity in fighting poverty I’m training and mentoring small entrepreneurs with skills to improve their businesses, increase their profits and ultimately escape poverty.

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2 Weeks of Poverty – Completed…

March 6th, 2018

Well. I finished my 14 days of poverty: living on 2$ a day. I originally thought I would/could blog during that time, but it just didn’t work out. But here I am. And here’s the update. (When I say 1$, I’m also saying 100 Kenyan Shillings, usually that’s pretty close to the exchange rate.) Read the intro to this experiment here.

Two Dollars a Day for 2 Weeks

Things I learned about while living on 2 dollars a day:

  • You don’t get to have your comforting foods
  • You’ll be staying home more because you can’t afford the transport
  • It’s hard to have a social life because you can’t pay for a motorcycle, you can’t go out to eat/drink and you don’t have enough food at home to entertain
  • Keep the lights out when you can: because you can’t afford all that much electricity
  • You better not have to go to the doctor, because that will definitely put you over budget
  • I finally get why people don’t buy the larger supply and save the money per weight: because they just don’t have the money. Period.
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    Two Weeks of Poverty

    February 17th, 2018

    In a way I feel like a pretentious, privleged fool for doing this. In another way, I feel like I have to.

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