Monthly Archives: January 2011

Cultural relativism has its limits

WARNING: This post describes a scenario we witnessed involving violence, and I advise you not to read it if you are sensitive to such content. We just stopped by Kwale primary school unannounced, and consequently we witnessed the corporal punishment … Continue reading

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Forty Thieves Another Day

Focus groups continue to be successful. Yesterday evening I met with a group of secondary students at a private boarding school for girls. It was really fun. The girls were very interested in the discussion, and I got some really … Continue reading

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Focus Group Discussion Success!

Earlier in the day we went to visit a literacy and education class for women in a village named Mwachombe. It was really cool. These women are learning how to read and write and do mathematics. Our church, VCF, helps … Continue reading

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Focus Group Flops

Focus groups haven’t been quite as smooth of an operation for me as I had hoped that they would be. Last night the school sent girls without consent forms, so I had to abandon the study plans. Tonight I got … Continue reading

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SHUT IT DOWN.

You win, IRB. Today we went to a primary school without Terry; she has been staying behind lately as she gets more and more tired due to pregnancy. This poses some challenges because there are only three of us on … Continue reading

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Sail on

I woke up this morning and I found out that I did not get the Fulbright. Gasp, I know. Whenever you read the words “I regret to inform you” in the beginning of a letter and then “please do not … Continue reading

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A quick post before bed

Terry suggested that we take the day off today because we had to work last Saturday. She noticed that yesterday Senya seemed exhausted by the end of the work day (she sprang to life as soon as it was just … Continue reading

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Seven months of Senya

We spent the day doing questionnaires in two more schools, but the most noteworthy fact about today is that it is Senya’s 7 month birthday. This girl is so precious, and I love knowing her and being her mom. I … Continue reading

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Sitting Sen and Collin’s Night to Shine

Today we went to a secondary school, and I wanted Collin to take a turn at leading on the questionnaire; I was happy to get to take the lead on caring for Sen. So, I volunteered to take Senya outside … Continue reading

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Saturday

I had intended to write a pretty detailed blog post last night about my experience conducting the questionnaires for the second time. After our full day, however, I ended up falling asleep with Senya while putting her to bed only … Continue reading

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