A little over a week ago I was fortunate to be able to attend the UN High Commission for Refugee (UNHCR) stakeholders meeting. This was a meeting was intended to gather the key stakeholders in the international community who contribute to the Kenyan refugee situation. In an intimate setting, this meeting also enabled all beneficiaries … Continue reading UNHCR Stakeholders Meeting
On March 5, 2018, the East Africa Interns from the Fall of 2017 hosted an event to showcase stories and presentations from the internships, and provide a space to talk about local projects focusing on the future of food in Abbotsford and the Fraser Valley. Joined by Abbotsford Community Services' Day 1 Urban Farm and … Continue reading Rethinking Food: Local and Global Stories
Today I went to a music lesson in Magunas. The lesson started with learning how to tune a djembe, later followed by drumming practice. At the end of the lesson, my music teacher’s daughter walked into the compound with a large, ripe avocado. I asked her where she got it from, to which she replied, … Continue reading Food Sharing in Magunas.
I have been using UBER and TAXIFY quite frequently here and I find that this is where I have some of the most interesting conversations and learn so much about an individual, Nairobi, and the incredible culture here. It tends to go the other way as well, after I ask about their story they are … Continue reading Where are you from?
Karl Krahn You may be wondering, “1) Who is Arsalan, 2) Where is he going, and 3) Why is his name on a cake?” Well, 1) Arsalan is one of the many great friends we have made here during our internship in Kenya as QES scholars. 2) He left in November because his contract was … Continue reading Highlights of Nairobi, Kenya
Many people may have heard that being connected to your family and community in Sub-Saharan Africa is a very important aspect of a person’s life. It also applies when helping a person in need. Authors, Richmond and Gestrin state in their book Into Africa that... “In terms of African thought, life can be meaningful only … Continue reading Help From an Unknown Angel
The following report was written and submitted by Zachary Schroeder. The screening of The Invisible City, hosted by the East Africa Institute of the Aga Khan University, Simon Fraser University, the University of the Fraser Valley, Queen Elizabeth Scholars and DOXA, proved to be a rousing success. The theatre was packed and the audience enthusiastically engaged … Continue reading Report on “The Invisible City: Kakuma”
It was a great opportunity to sit down with various scholars and discuss about future of food in cities. The discussion focused on three main themes: (i) Feeding our cities; (ii) Land policy in varying contexts; and (iii) Innovation in global contexts. I was much interested in 'innovation' subject and I am glad to have … Continue reading Future of Food in a Global Context
Karibu Rafikis (Welcome friends), Life in the beautiful city of Dar es Salaam is never boring. There is always something happening; whether it would be new sustainable strategic planning initiatives through ongoing community forums and academic global development conferences or through an actual flash flood that wipe out the road infrastructures, people’s homes, gardens/farms, livestock, … Continue reading Flash floods, mosquitoes, endless mud and so much more!
Travel with open eyes and you will become a scholar– Swahili Proverb *Dear readers: I must highlight that there are many other factors that play a part of in this topic, such as privilege and the pedestal outsiders can be put on, but such topics are for another time. And by no means am I … Continue reading Open Eyes and Hearts