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  • JustinG 3

    Reflections on Skyping with Justin Grider

    Reflections by the Pencils for Africa Team after the Skype call with Mr. Justin Grider, Member of the Pencils for Africa Advisory Board Nicolas, Editor-in-Chief Justin Grider is a part of an organization called Village Enterprises. The goal of the organization is to provide basic business …

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  • Fionaka1

    Reflections on the visit by Ms Fiona Britten

    Reflections by the Pencils for Africa Team after the visit by Ms. Fiona Britten, Chair of the Pencils for Africa Executive Board Nicolas, Editor-in-Chief Thank you so much for coming in to check on our group, and to talk to us! I had a really great …

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  • Nandta2

    The Samburu Pencil Maker

    by Karim The African dawn was now ripe and about to fall open as the Samburu pencil maker took his early morning walk amongst the acacia trees in the arid savannah. He was searching, as he did every morning, for the most elegant twigs with …

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  • Kenyakids

    Reflections on the Skype call with Anne and Alan Cutler

    Reflections by the Pencils for Africa Team after their Skype call with Anne and Alan Cutler, former teachers at Hospital Hill School, Kenya Nicolas, Editor-in-Chief Dear Mr. and Mrs. Cutler, Thank you so much for having a Skype call with us! I really appreciated you taking …

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  • BAPpic

    Reflections on the visit by Molly Burke

    Reflections by the Pencils for Africa Editorial Team after the visit from Molly Burke, Executive Director of Bicycles Against Poverty Nicolas, Editor-in-Chief Dear Molly, First of all, I would like to formally thank you for coming in to talk to us about your organization. I had a great …

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  • SouthSud

    Vegan and Glutton Free in South Sudan

    Introduction by Karim I first met Rutendo Urenje ten years ago, in 2004, in Harare, Zimbabwe. I was in Zimbabwe as part of an educational program I was beta-testing, called The Brick Project, which was the subject of my doctoral thesis at the Harvard Graduate …

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  • ThePencilTree

    The Pencil Tree

    Once upon a borrowed time in the quiet Kandhava Forest by the Yamuna River, there lived a tree who was known by all the other trees as The Pencil Tree. Now – this was a borrowed time, a time borrowed well before History began. This was even before …

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  • Chain2

    The Pencil Gift

    Interview of artist Dalton Ghetti by Karim (photos by Sloan Howard) Forward by Olivia Ramsay Pencil artist and sculpture Dalton M. Ghetti was born in Sao Paolo, Brazil and came to the U.S. in 1985 at age 24. Most of the pencils he uses are …

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  • Brokenpencil

    Breaking Pencils

    by Karim   Twesigye Jackson Kaguri goes by his middle name “Jackson” for convenience. Jackson says he owes everything good and positive and productive in his life to his parents’ willingness to buy and to break pencils: “We were five brothers and sisters. My childhood memories …

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  • Lcd 1

    Color Pencils

    A career as a Foreign Service Officer posted to the African Continent can range from very bland to very colorful. It can range from pleasant and peaceful to dramatic and dangerous. It all depends which African country the foreign service assignment posting is in and what is occurring within …

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