With Kidlet in Kenya

Toy Sale To Benefit Mathare Mother Development Centre in Nairobi

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Hey Toronto Bunchlanders! Joanna Goldberg is headed back to Kenya (for a visit) and she can’t bring all the toys that people have generously donated with her. Instead, she’s hosting a toy sale, the proceeds of which she’ll bring with her when she returns to the Mathare Mother Development Centre where she worked this last… Read More »

A Look Back On Joanna and Cameron’s Kenyan Adventure

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They’ve had quite the year Take one cup of writer mom and a pinch of five-year-old daughter. Stir in a pint of volunteering and two tablespoons of Kenya. Mix well. We’ve been so proud to host this terrific blog about moving to Kenya for a year with your 5-year-old and we hope you’ve enjoyed reading… Read More »

With Kidlet in Kenya’s Last Post: What Will She Remember?

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Joanna Goldberg sends communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid When I first told my family I was seriously thinking of volunteering for a year abroad, they questioned why I’d do such a thing now, when my daughter Cameron was likely too young to remember any of it. What Cameron might or might… Read More »

We Be Nice to Animals!

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Joanna Goldberg sends communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid I’ve been trying to raise Cameron as a lover of all life forms since day one. So far, I believe I’m succeeding. She’ll report to me if she sees kids purposely stepping on ants. She’s told off any number of class mates for… Read More »

How Was School Today, Sweetie?

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid Cameron reflects on her days at school. <My responses in parantheses.> Cobra and kids I saw a snake today in the playground! It was a black cobra! <What? How do you know?> The teacher said so. We saw its nest! <What did… Read More »

How High Can You Jump? Hanging at the Il Ngwesi Lodge with the Maasai

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid The rough life of a volunteer on the front lines of international development sometimes involves some harsh sacrifices. Like going to a posh, award-winning eco-lodge surrounded by stunning vistas and amazing wildlife for the weekend, for instance. Il Ngwesi Lodge is Kenya’s… Read More »

This Kidlet Is Now Kenyan

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid In many ways, my 5-year-old kid has integrated into Kenyan society a lot more than I’ve been able to, even if I was trying harder. She spends her day listening to and ignoring her Kenyan teachers, and playing with and ordering around… Read More »

Broke and Spoiled in Nairobi

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid Back home, I received a somewhat bloated pay cheque every two weeks, regular payments from the recently collapsed conservative government, massive tax breaks and monthly child support from Cameron’s dad. Yet, the laundry, cooking, shopping, parenting, commuting to and from school, house… Read More »

A Different Sort of “Take Your Kid To Work Day”

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid I’m in the field all week, which in NGO-speak means I’m not in the office but travelling around the country to participate in workshops, facilitate discussions, build capacities, blah blah blah. This week, it’s a series of trainings in pediatric care for… Read More »

Just Another Saturday in Downtown Nairobi Taking Number 46

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid My friend back home generously spent five times the value of the contents to send a package over to Cameron. A couple Saturdays back, Cameron and I set off into the city centre to face the ordeal of having to claim it.… Read More »

I Promised Her a Cheetah

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid Another school break, another vacation. Landing a volunteer placement in Kenya scores us endless possibilities for fantastic holidays, from weekend jaunts to a host of lakes just north of Nairobi to week-long excursions to the coast, islands, national parks, northern semi-arid deserts… Read More »

Arts and Crafts in Mathare Slums

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Joanna Goldberg sends biweekly communiqués from Kenya, where she’s living with her kid “Slums are not ‘the problem.’ Rather, they are the spatial manifestations of urban poverty, social exclusion, and inappropriate government policies. Indeed, they represent an active, grassroots attempt by the desperately poor to take care of themselves.” (Sclar & Northridge. Am J Public… Read More »

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