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

John Linsley ’04 (KSP fall ’02)
169 Perkins Row
Topsfield, MA 01983

Ian Grant ’84 (KSP spring ’83) returned to Kenya in February. This was his fifth trip back, and the best because he took his wife and children, 7 and 9. “To walk around the Karen grounds and meet current KSP students brought back a rush of memories and I hope left an impression on (my kids) of the impact the program can have,” Ian said. “I was there as a board member for the Boston- and Narok-based Maasai Education Discovery Foundation (, along with board chair Cliff Moskow ’89 (KSP spring ’87). The organization focuses on providing educational opportunities to Maasai girls from paying for school fees, to providing Web-based distance learning and Cisco technology training, to rescuing girls from early marriages and female circumcision. It’s my way of repaying, in part, the experience of a lifetime.”

Ian saw his Kenyan family from his internship in Kajiado and had a wonderful dinner with his urban homestay parents, Mugu and Debbie Gachuhi, and Wairimu Ndirangu, administrative director of the KSP (see picture).

In a recent e-mail, Mary Hall Sexton ’02 (KSP fall ’00) said, “I’ve become greatly interested in studying poverty (economic and social concepts) in the North Country. In Kenya and Tanzania, we met so many people who by U.S. standards would be considered completely impoverished, yet their attitudes and outlook on life are remarkably different.” Mary was assistant squash coach at St. Law­rence in 2002 and 2003. In the spring of 2006, she earned an M.A. in Education and a Certificate of Advanced Study in School Coun­seling at Plattsburgh State, where she now works in residential life. Mary and husband Frank were expecting their first child in April.

After spending last summer working in northern Tanzania for Putney Student Travel, Hope Thornton ’01 (KSP fall ’99) passed through Dar es Salaam and southern Tanzania while en route to Malawi. Hope is pursuing an M.A. in Intercultural Service, Leadership, and Management from the School for International Training in Vermont and is completing thesis research in Malawi, focusing on food and nutrition security.

Sarah Ellis ’04 (KSP fall ’02), who spent much of last year volunteering in Ghana with Jessie Davie ’04 (KSP fall ’02), moved from her native Park City, Utah, to New York City, where she spent the winter busily applying to graduate schools. Sarah mentioned that Jessie returned to Ghana around the holidays for a short visit to their volunteer site, the Kopeyia Bloomfield Local Authority School. They caught up with Brendan Hayes ’04 (KSP spring ’03) in November when he returned to the U.S. for a short visit. Brendan continues his work in Swaziland with Young Heroes and was awarded a Mitchell Scholarship, allowing him to pursue a year of graduate study in Ireland.

Katie Gauthier ’04 (KSP fall ’02) will return to Tanzania again this summer to lead a group of students on a month-long community service program for Putney Student Travel. Katie spent this past year working at St. Lawrence’s Center for International and Intercultural Studies (CIIS) as interim assistant director.

Matt Stevenson (Amherst ’05, KSP fall ’03) e-mailed from Kenya to say that he is working for JB Drilling in Nakuru. He said it’s “a private borehole water drilling company which operates three rigs in Kenya and 10 in Sudan. On site, I learn about drilling techniques and the art of diesel mechanics, and have learned how to drive a variety of trucks.” During the fall, Matt met up several times with his KSP roommate Eric Buthmann ’05 (KSP fall ’03), who spent much of the last two years working for the School for Field Studies in Amboseli National Park.

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