Monica Richardson's Blogs

  • Sarah Obama and more…

    I'm back on... My apologies to those of you who have been logging on only to find that I have not logged on. Internet service has been up and down here. Around the area, you find men digging trenches where cables will eventually be laid to increase access to the Internet. The people here are excited about that. The other reason I have not logged on is because this is NO vacation. This is work! Exciting work, but work nonetheless. For anyone who thinks I'm hear just enjoying the luxuries of Africa, trust me that is not the case at all. So I left you Monday headed into one of the world's largest slums -- Kibera. The people here make $1 to $2 a day. It was poverty like I've never seen it. We visited the Pamojo radio station. Here the focus is on community activism. Sure...

  • I’ve landed…

    Down to business The team of editors with the International Reporting Project leave from D.C. Dulles Airport Saturday and arrive in London about 7 a.m. Sunday, we then head to Kenya. The flight to London was about 6 hours; 8 hours to Kenya from London. The group of editors is a very smart and impressive group. Before leaving D.C., Stephen Ndegwa, lead public sector governance specialist for The World Bank, talks to the group about the politics and government in Kenya. He also talks about the major contrasts between wealth and poverty. Now, says Ndegwa, is a \"very fluid moment in [Kenya's] history shaped by the 2007/08 elections.\" Even after the elections there are no clear rules for distribution of resources, he said. The underlying theme today is a Democratic transition that has not yet had an impact. Poverty is still a major crisis here. Of...

  • Not too long now

    Well, the day started out on a bit of a sad note. Preparing for what I expect to be one of the best trips I take in my lifetime -- my first time in Africa (not the last I'm promising myself) -- I also had a tough decision to make this morning (Friday). My bags were packed in the upstairs hallway and as I contemplated whether or not my bags would be within the 50-pound limit, I was also contemplating something else. I had to put down my 4-year-old Dachshund after only having her for a little over a year. (If you aren't a pet lover, you might want to skip the next couple of graphs.) A week ago, just before the Memorial Day weekend, Trudy (the dog I got after having to put down a 17-year-old Yorkshire Terrier that had cancer), suddenly stopped walking....

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