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What is poverty?

What is poverty?

I had just returned to the house to start making a fire to cook dinner when Liza arrived. Tall and lanky, I noticed she was wearing her school uniform even though it was a Saturday. That usually means a child doesn’t have any other clothing. I didn’t know this girl very well; she is one of the children Tsungirirai started […]

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Another Successful Income-Generating Group

When Malvin and Nyasha saw the 3 looms and the bag of small beads and thread we purchased in South Africa, they looked confused. We then showed them several AIDS ribbon pins that we had purchased and explained that we thought Tsungirirai children might be able to make these pins. Unfortunately, all we had was a page full of diagrams […]

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Hard Decisions

Hard Decisions

I met Tendai when he was in first grade and knew no English. But it didn’t matter – his smile climbed the language barrier and wiggled into my heart. One day I winked at him and for the next year, each time we met he would flash me his gorgeous smile and wink back. So when I saw him this […]

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In Memory of Elvis

In Memory of Elvis

After a life long battle with HIV, our wise and funny friend Elvis passed away. Our happiest memories of Elvis are of him sneaking around to the back of our house making animal sounds outside our open window. We would play along and pretend to be scared of the wild animals that were lurking outside our door until his eventual […]

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Social Work on the Titanic

“Arden, the truth is that I am not as concerned about your safety as your mental health, I am afraid that going to work in Zimbabwe right now is going to be a lot like doing social work on the Titanic.” I sat there stunned.  My old Professor had a reputation for being painfully honest, but I was expecting a […]

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Letter from Liz

I can’t believe that almost three years have gone by since Arden and I lived in Zimbabwe. Just as I feared would be true, I find it gets easier and easier for me to get caught up in my own life here in Boston, and put off the work we do for Coalition for Courage most days. Looking back at […]

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