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Habari Gani?
(Swahili for “What’s the news?”)

John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
jlinsley@gmail.com|

As part of her Summerterm 2010 course, Kaitlyn Sullivan ’12 volunteered to work with vulnerable children in Nairobi.

St. Lawrence has announced “A Laurentian Journey to Kenya” for alumni, parents, and friends in September 2011.  The leaders are Kathleen Colson ’79 (KSP spring ’78), executive director of The BOMA Fund and president of African Safari Planners, and Celia Nyamweru, emerita professor of anthropology and former KSP director.  For details, see the accompanying ad or go https://alumni.stlawu.edu/node/846.

Sarah Ellis ’04 (KSP fall ’02), a fellow with The BOMA Fund based in Nanyuki, Kenya, traveled through northern Kenya last fall with Colson, to visit communities that are part of its Rural Entrepreneur Access Project.  Learn more at www.bomafund.org or from the BOMA Nomad blog, http://bomafund.wordpress.com/.

Sarah made a recent visit to Arusha, Tanzania, where she saw KSP classmate Jessie Davie ’04.  Jessie is communications advisor with the Tanzania Natural Resource Forum.

Emma Horton ’12 has been working with Celia and the Center for International and Intercultural Studies to create a short history of the KSP.  The project will explore how the KSP has evolved, and how it has influenced the lives of its alumni and communities in Kenya.  Emma is in Kenya this spring.

Kasey Mathews Ormiston ’89 (KSP fall ’87) and husband Lee Ormiston ’89 shared an article from the November 2010 National Geographic in which Paul Elkan ’89 (KSP spring ’88) was interviewed.  The article, “The Lost Herds of Southern Sudan,” describes Paul’s work as director of the Wildlife Conservation Society’s program in southern Sudan. 

Speaking of her KSP, Kasey said, “I feel so blessed to have had such an incredible learning experience abroad.  I think of the trip often, and although I'm not off tracking animals in Africa, I carry that semester close to my heart here in New Hampshire!”

An interview with Kaitlyn Sullivan ’12 (Kenya Summerterm ’10) was published in a November edition of the Watertown Daily Times.  Kaitlyn, pictured above, shared her experiences as a student in Healthcare Delivery in a Developing Country.  Kaitlyn volunteered at the New Life Home Trust in Nairobi, a center which supports vulnerable children.  The course, instructed by KSP Director Wairimu Ndirangu, was one of three offered on the Summerterm. The interview can be read at (www.watertowndailytimes.com/article/20101102/CURR04/101109971).

Class of 1998 alums Joost de Laat (KSP spring ’97) and spouse Caroline Archambault (KSP fall ’96) founded Africa SOMA (www.africasoma.org) in 2005 -- a volunteer, not-for-profit organization that supports small-scale educational initiatives in Kenya.  Joost writes, “The organization grew more or less organically out of the work that we continued to do in Kenya following our time at St. Lawrence.  Since 2006, Africa SOMA has been running a small secondary school bursary program in Maasailand.  We have also organized art exchanges between schools in Kenya and North America, connected youth in Maasailand with youth in the Nairobi slums, and have been operating a small, volunteer program for students interested in combining teaching with individual research projects.”  Last summer, Africa SOMA celebrated an exciting milestone with the opening of a library and resource center in the Maasai community of Elangata Wuas.

During an October visit to Boston, Ken Okoth ’01 spoke about the work of the Children of Kibera Foundation (www.childrenofkibera.org), an organization he founded in 2006 to improve access to high-quality education for youth in Nairobi’s Kibera slum.  The event was hosted by Pat Romeo-Gilbert ’74 and Paul Gilbert ’72.

Arturs Saburovs ’10 (KSP fall ’09) is working with energy and sustainability programming in Ogdensburg, N.Y.

Steve Alexander ’03 (KSP fall ’02) and Marianne Dawson were married last August in the Adirondacks.  KSP alums on hand were Dan McDonnell ’00 (KSP spring ’99), Katie Gauthier ’04 and yours truly (both KSP fall ’02).

KSP alums, be in touch with your news using the contact information at the top of this page.  Pictures are welcome.  Tutaonana!

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