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Author Archive: Tara

The flight over:

After 6 weeks of intense fundraising, 2 weeks of exams – not to mention the holidays – I was ready for a bit of R&R. So, I decided to make the most of my stop-over in Europe to visit an old friend � Danny � whom I hadn�t seen in over a decade. While there,…

My arrival and residence for the first week in Gaborone:

My arrival and residence for the first week in Gaborone: I arrived at the Gaborone airport at around 4:30 p.m.  Thoroughly exhausted, it was difficult to make my way through immigration and over to the baggage area.  Luckily, my baggage beat the odds and arrived relatively safely and on time.  Of course, my backpack barely…

SAPSSI – The organization:

SAPSSI – The organization: SAPSSI is a coalition of four churches in Gaborone (Anglican Church, Church of the Nazarene, Roman Catholic Church and the Salvation Army) which was formed in April 2002. Their aim is to address the psycho-social issues of children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. They do this through various activities such as…

Day One – an introduction to SAPSSI staff and the facilities:

Day One – an introduction to SAPSSI staff and the facilities: Olefile – one of the WUSC coordinators – picked me up at 9:30 a.m. from the Skills Share house that I’m staying at for the first week of my stay. First we popped by the WUSC office and then straight to SAPSSI where I…

Love in Botswana – a few quirks but basically the same…

Love in Botswana – a few quirks but basically the same…   Yesterday I had a silent chuckle as I heard all about female coworker’s roller-coaster love life which made me realize that women – all over our grand planet – are the same everywhere.  The next day it was one of my male coworker’s…

My first real day of work at SAPSSI:

My first real day of work at SAPSSI: My first day of work at SAPSSI was rather intense. It started out with a group meeting where I met the rest of the staff and helped create the Kid’s Club plan for the year. Evaluation and monitoring played a central part of the meeting as SAPSSI…

CONCERT � St. Andrews Church

CONCERT � ST. ANDREWS UNITED CHURCH: All of my thanks go out to Graham and Nancy for their outstanding work organizing the benefit concert at St. Andrew�s United Church in Williamstown on Sunday, January 14.�

Fundraiser Party at Foundation Restaurant – A Huge Success!

All of my thanks to everyone who came out to support me on Friday night at Foundation Restaurant in the Byward Market.  The party was a huge success and surpassed my expectations. 

Pleased to meet you!

Hello, my name is Tara MacDonald and I’m a 4th year student at the University of Ottawa studying international development and globalization. I am also studying Fundraising Management part-time through Algonquin College. 2006 was a challenging year. I left my job, moved in with my parents and became a poor student again at the age…