Bamako mosque

Celebrating Thanksgiving in Mali

I don’t often spend Thanksgiving at home. Past Turkey Days have seen me drinking pisco sours in Cusco, eating pizza in Rome and sampling questionable Mexican cuisine in Irkutsk. But I’m not sure any of those experiences quite compare to spending the holiday in West Africa. I started the morning in the village of Folona, …

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Folona women

A New School for Folona

After the amazing reception I experienced in Menie, I thought I knew what to expect when I arrived in Folona the next day to visit the Passports with Purpose/buildOn school there. I thought wrong. Folona wasn’t quite as remote as Menie – it was just a few kilometers off the main road from Bougouni to …

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Mali mosque

My Plans for West Africa

I admit, I feel a little weird telling people I am going to travel to West Africa next weekend. I feel like I immediately have to qualify the statement with a “but I’m not going to any countries where Ebola is!” And that statement almost would have been true. While the first case of Ebola …

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