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Francis Dayamba
Francis Dayamba

Clarkson student helping young minds in Benin

A Clarkson University student is balancing his academic studies with running a campus charity that's supporting a school in west Africa. In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Francis Dayamba is a civil engineering senior at Clarkson. But he also wants to help make a difference in the lives of youngsters in the small west African country of Benin. Last year, Clarkson students donated $650 to pay for school uniforms and scholarships. Dayamba spoke with Todd Moe about the D'Amuge Fund.  Go to full article

Heard Up North: music of West Africa

For the last four years, a Lake Placid group of musicians has shared its love of the music of West Africa. Todd Moe spoke with members of Wulaba Drum for today's "Heard Up North."  Go to full article
Robin and her daughter, Emma, visit a small village in Rwanda
Robin and her daughter, Emma, visit a small village in Rwanda

A helping hand in Rwanda

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Robin Rhodes Crowell and her husband, David, own The World Artisan, in Potsdam. They sell fair trade items made by artists around the world. A visit by organizers of the group, The Ubushobozi Project, led to the shop selling cotton shoulder bags made by young women in Rwanda. But for Rhodes Crowell, selling the bags wasn't enough. This week, she and her daughter, Emma, are in northern Rwanda. Robin is using her entrepreneurial and gardening skills to help young women and teens break the cycle of poverty. Todd Moe spoke with her before the trip to Rwanda.  Go to full article
Alex French and some of the residents of Gembeltu, Ethiopia
Alex French and some of the residents of Gembeltu, Ethiopia

Hospitality and a helping hand in Ethiopia

It started with a dirt bike ride to visit a friend's family and is now a quest to build a school in Ethiopia. Alex French, a SUNY Potsdam alumnus, spent part of last year living and working in the east African country. It was a side trip to the small community of Gembeltu, difficult to find on most maps of Ethiopia, that inspired him to give back. As part of our series, Moving the World, Todd Moe spoke with French about exploring a new culture and lending a helping hand.  Go to full article

Moving the World: life in the Peace Corps in Mali

When Sara Snider volunteered for the Peace Corps she had one request: an assignment in a small town. She grew up in Waddington, along the St. Lawrence River, and studied economics at Notre Dame University. But a college diploma wasn't enough. Snider is in the midst of a two-year stint in western Africa where she's helping women with literacy, marketing skills and health care. Todd Moe spoke with her from Mali about life in the Peace Corps.  Go to full article
John and Terese Hart
John and Terese Hart

Moving the World: Congo's flora and fauna as inspiration

In our occasional series, Moving the World, we meet North Country people who take their skills, expertise and resources to share with communities around the globe. Today we meet Boonville residents Terese and John Hart. They spend part of their time in the North Country, and the rest in Congo, Africa, working on land, species and habitat protection. The Harts are ecologists who first traveled to Congo in the early 70's. They've committed their lives and careers to preserving that region's environment and wildlife -- like Okapi, a forest giraffe and Bonobo, a diminutive ape. Todd Moe spoke with them about parallels with the landscape where they work in Africa and the North Country.  Go to full article

Sustaining a better life in Malawi

A group of women from Canton and Watertown leaves for south-eastern Africa this summer. It's part of an on-going mission by the Presbytery of Northern New York to help widows and orphans in Malawi rebuild their homes and lives. Todd Moe has more.  Go to full article

Eyewitness to Kenya post-election

Kenya, previously one of the most stable countries in Africa, degenerated into violence after Dec. 27 presidential elections that international observes say were rigged. More than 1,000 deaths have been reported since then. Last week, the Peace Corps announced it was pulling the last of its volunteers out of the country. Most had been brought home in January. A spokeswoman in Washington said none of its people had been targeted and that the organization hopes it can return very soon.

St. Lawrence University has sent students to its "Kenya semester" program for 34 years. The school has a home base in Nairobi, but students typically combine study time in the capitol with weeks of home-stays in a rural, agricultural community and two long field trips. Not this semester. Early in January, the college had thought its program could go ahead, but when the violence got worse instead of stopping, and the political and ethnic picture became more and more difficult, St. Lawrence cancelled.

Dan Schafer is a senior at SLU. He's an alumnus of the Kenya program, and was in the country as that decision was being made, scouting NGOs for a trip he planned to lead there next summer. He arrived Dec. 29, two days after the polls had closed. That evening, the election results would be announced. He told Martha Foley the protests and violence had already begun.  Go to full article

Canton knitters help Senegal's poor

Visit a farmers' market this season and you'll find a variety of fresh veggies, fruits, baked goods and preserves. At the Canton Farmers' Market there's a new crop of hand-knit hats. Most were made by a group of Canton knitters. Proceeds from the hats go to the Senegal Ecovillage Microfinance Fund, or SEM Fund. Founded by Canton native John Fay, the non-profit has helped more than 100 families in Africa break the cycle of poverty. Todd Moe spoke with some of the knitters making the winter hats and caps.  Go to full article

Malawi youth choir begins tour

Thirteen members of the Mzuzu Youth Choir from Malawi begin a month-long tour of the North Country this week. Their visit is sponsored by the Presbytery of Northern New York. They stopped by NCPR for music and conversation.  Go to full article

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