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You go..”Because it matters”
May 18, 2009
By: jsmith

Every time I get home from one of my trips to Africa (or Asia)  I unpack my suitcase, but I never put my knapsack (carryon) out of my sight.  After having done this enough times I realized that there must be some subconscious connection between me actually seeing that knapsack and knowing somewhere down the […]

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School’s Health Report Card
May 16, 2009
By: ssmith

With only five weeks left until the end of the school year I asked Sentila how the children’s health has been this year in comparison to previous years. “Oh, we have had less sickness than last year; the quantity of children getting sick has been much less. Last year the residential school (430 students) suffered […]

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Philippines School Year
May 14, 2009
By: pgrimsland

Hi Everyone, June marks the begining of the school year in the Philippines. In the next few weeks we will be posting pictures of students in need of sponsorship. We would ask that you help send these children to school. $95 will sponsor an elementary child for the year, $125 for a high school student […]

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Delayed Monsoon Season
By: ssmith

  Walking on our deck early this morning with echinacea tea in hand I thought, “This is the morning weather we had in Mokokchung back in October, 2008.” It’s raining today without a trace of blue in the all-gray sky and the temperature has warmed to about 53 degrees fahrenheit (12 Celsius). Three days ago I purposed to call […]

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Ticket please!!!!
May 13, 2009
By: jsmith

On May 7th I finally worked out all the ticket details and completed the purchase of my ticket to Africa leaving June 18th.  I have tried (using my old and present passport) to figure out how many times I have made this trip from New York to the Kilimanjaro Airport and then to my beloved […]

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Saying “Goodbye”
Feb 22, 2009
By: pgrimsland

Hi Everyone, I’m writing my last blog from the Philippines about 12 hours before the flight home. It’s been so great to be back here again spending time with old and new friends. Many of the people here have become like family and it’s hard to say goodbye to them.  There is always a mixed […]

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Philippines Update
Feb 9, 2009
By: pgrimsland

Hello again, We have spent the first week of our time here reuniting  with  Daniellee’s birth mother. It’s been a very nice time and I’m sure there will be a lot to process through.  Now we will concentrate on the people of Smokey Mountain and make a 2 day trip down to Davao. More updates […]

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Greetings From The Philippines
Feb 3, 2009
By: pgrimsland

Hi Everyone, We arrived Tuesday evening around 11:30PM. So, theis Wed. moring is a little rough. I’ll be going over Hope For Change’s relationship here especially in the area of Student Sponsorship. There are a lot of students in need of sponsorship.  I will keep you updated with that and also our daughter Daniellee who was […]

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