KIDOGO: FROM VISION TO REALITY

Sabrina and Afzal at their newest Kidogo location in Kangemi.

  For almost a year we listened to their goals and dreams.  As their plans evolved, we heard them become more and more confident about the direction they wanted to take.  They wanted to deliver holistic early childhood care & education to families living in informal settlements where there is rampant poverty and limited infrastructure.  … Continue reading

BZZZZZZZ!

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  All night long it levitated around my face making that annoying “buzzing” sound, threatening to suck my blood.  It deprived me of sleep and made me curious how this tiny little nothing can create so much havoc. I also wondered if they only feed at night, which is when I tend to hear them.  I … Continue reading

THIS IS AFRICA #TIA

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We were driving on a busy road in Nairobi when I saw a policewoman stop a car. Next thing I know, she got into the car with the driver and they drove off.  Puzzled, I asked what the policewoman was doing

Going Home

My home in Moshi

Game changer. Builder. Great sense of humour. Kind. Jolly. Resourceful. Creative. Hard worker. Smart. People person. Go to Guy. A pillar. Those are the words people used to describe my dad. The last time I saw my dad was when I was 20. He was 50. Two years later, he passed away and I went to … Continue reading

Furaha ya mwaka mpya! Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve party at Makupa Jamatkhana, Mombasa, Kenya

January 1, 2015 – Mombasa, Kenya.   In the last two weeks, I have heard the sweetest words in Swahili: ASANTE, KARIBU and HAKUNA MATATA. ASANTE means thank you. It also symbolizes recognition for what you have done and the gratitude that goes with it. The response to Asante is KARIBU which means welcome. It … Continue reading

Karibu Kenya!

Karibu Kenya!

It was a long flight. We started in Toronto, stopped in New York for a few hours, then to Belgium and Rwanda for a short stopover before landing in Nairobi. I sat in wonder and anticipation throughout the entire trip. Wonder at the miracle of flight that would bring us from Toronto all the way … Continue reading

You are the love of my life

New York Trip

I’m not sure when it started. It must have been about a year ago. I woke up one morning, looked at Nagib and proclaimed, “You are the star in my sky”. He smiled. So, the next day, I tell him, “You are the sunshine of my life”. I got another positive reaction. Bolstered with new … Continue reading

Happy Halloween!

October 31, 2014.  It was an agonizing decision this morning.  Should I or shouldn’t I?  It was Halloween after all and my workplace encouraged everyone to dress up.  So I stood up tall, took a deep breath and reached into the recesses of my closet.  And there it was.  A couple of my wigs in … Continue reading

Managing Energy

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Over the past few months, I have been working very hard. It started innocently enough. I was working 3 days a week and was managing work and life in nice balance. Over time, as my projects increased, I found I was dedicating more and more time at work. 3 days became 4 days, and then…

Living in the Front Row of Life

Munira and Lynda - July 2013

I spent a beautiful afternoon yesterday with my friend, Lynda Cavanagh, and her husband Dave.  Lynda and I have been friends for more than 20 years when we worked together at Scotiabank.  I have wonderful memories of going to Lynda’s place for tree trimming, year after year, when Shayne and Sabrina were little.  We would … Continue reading

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