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Category Archive: Botswana

Extension Granted

I find myself really well adjusted to my workplace, living situation and my Botswana life overall. So much so, that at the end of March, I was getting panicky at the thought of leaving. I just felt that if I stayed a few more weeks, I would learn more, do more, and be in better…

C.H.A.N.G.E.

For the past week, as I near the date of my return flight home, I’ve been immersed in social justice issues as I helped to organize DITSHWANELO’s Annual Human Rights Film Festival. The Festival screened eight films, exploring issues such as child trafficking, hip-hop culture and activism, HIV, genocide and Apartheid. And for the weeks…

“Anthem for Uncle Bob” (Reprise)

Now, Dear Reader, after the previous blog entry’s long-winded history lesson, you might wonder what else, outside of developing a penchant for cyber-lecturing on African politics, I have been up to at DITSHWANELO – The Botswana Centre for Human Rights. Continuing with last week’s musical accompaniment, I’ll refer to Johnny Clegg’s “The Revolution Will Eat…

“Anthem for Uncle Bob”

Some of us find comfort and ways to express ourselves to family, friends and society through conversation, writing, dance or any other one of the innumerable means of communication whether subtle or direct. For me, I find the best way to express what happens to be on my mind at any given moment is through…

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

(Suggested musical accompaniment!) Last night I was sitting in the backseat of a taxi; we were splashing through a washed-out road, the sun blazing on my right arm as I tilted myself to look out at the towering termite mound. I was on my way to the Gaborone Yacht Club—an interesting concept in Botswana, a…

Dumela Gaborone!

WARNING: All conclusions and assumptions documented in this blog are subject to change. To date, I’ve resided in Gaborone, Botswana for 12 days and I’m already sunburnt. My time here so far has been fun, eye-opening, challenging, and surprisingly quite relaxing. Some expectations I had of what my life here would be like have proven…

Go Siame Gaborone

Go Siame Gaborone My hands are sweaty. I can’t help but feel impossibly awake despite over a week of little more than 5 hours of sleep per night. My right leg is shaking at an alarming speed as I sit at my desk. Every pump of my heart triggers unease in my gut. My body…

Autobiography

Hi Everyone :) My name is Nipuni and I will be participating in the Winter 2011 International Internships with Stepping Stones International (SSI) in Botswana. My position will be as a Program Officer and I will be helping SSI on their after school program for orphaned and vulnerable youth. A little more about me… I…

Joyeux Noël

Il est tôt, trop tôt pour se lever un samedi matin mais cette semaine la routine continue une journée de plus. C’est l’heure de se préparer pour le « teen club » du mois, une activité organisée par la clinique réunissant les patients sur une base volontaire afin qu’ils puissent socialiser entre eux. Aujourd’hui est un jour…

Pre Departure

“When I decided to enter the University of Ottawa for studies in International Development and Globalization, I really did not know what to expect. Now, three years later, I’ve come to realize that studying with this program has (soon to be literally!) opened my eyes to a world far beyond what I had imagined to…