Saturday, November 20, 2010

Book is Done - Almost

My book "Kilimanjaro and Beyond - A Life-Changing Journey", written with input from my son Chris, is now complete...except for the Epilogue. The editing has been finalized by my editor, Kip Kirby, who did an incredible job, especially in the last two weeks after learning that her husband has some serious health issues. Thank you so much Kip.

I am very proud of the finished product and have sent it to a number of people who will hopefully like what they read. In January we are off to Africa and the story will be complete, although our work will continue. I will write the Epilogue in February and we will go from there. It has been a great experience reliving my amazing journey and I hope others will enjoy reading it as much as I have enjoyed writing it.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

New project website available!

A few days ago I announced a new project that we are undertaking with Plan Canada. The website is now available for viewing and for accepting donations from anyone interested. This project will empower youth and women in Tanzania by giving them training and vocational skills so that they can establish businesses to support their families. It is a great project and the Canadian federal government will match donations 3:1!!! Please consider a donation as a Christmas gift for friends and family. Click "DONATE" under Education for Africa on the right to make a secure donation.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Book is edited

All 27 chapters plus the Introduction have been edited. Now it is a matter of going through it one more time before sending it to the reviewers. This is getting exciting!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Very Satisfying News!

I just got word from Tanzania through Plan Canada that the primary school for which we raised funds is nearing completion. In fact, it is expected that the completed classrooms will be handed over to the school for use by the students this week! We raised about 25% of the amount required for the new classrooms and with the help of a partner, the project has been completed.

This will go a long way to alleviating the overcrowding situation at the school and will mean that the students will not have to be educated in shifts so they will receive a better education. From our observation when we are there, the children will be very excited to have this opportunity. We will see for ourselves when we visit in February.

I am very satisfied that this part of our project is complete knowing that some kids on the other side of the world will be given a chance to fulfill their dreams. You can read more about the project by clicking on the "Classrooms at the primary school in the Mwanza region" link on the right.