We Are The World

Honestly, I had no idea so many people would actually come visit me. Friends tell you they’ll visit, but you don’t really believe they will spend a couple thousand dollars to see you. And, then they do!

It’s been a whirlwind, but I want each of them to know that they not only gave me an excuse to see some amazing places in East Africa, they also encouraged me and made me feel loved. So, from the bottom of my heart and with as much grace and gratitude I can convey, thank you. I love you all.

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My first visitors were my parents, sister and brother-in-law. I called our trip the Allgood African Extravaganza. We went on two safaris in Kenya then visited Victoria Falls. It was a trip of a lifetime.

Karen and Sandy Baird, the Founders of New Hope Initiative have visited twice since I've been here and brought lots of guests with them. I am honored and thankful to work with such amazing people.

Karen and Sandy Baird, the Founders of New Hope Initiative have visited twice since I’ve been here and brought lots of guests with them. I am honored and thankful to work with such amazing people.

Big thanks to these beautiful and talented women!

All friends from DC, theses beautiful and talented women came to support me through training the teachers of New Hope Academy. And, provided much comic relief.

Marcie and Amy are friends from DC. We enjoyed all things Nairobi and then went to Masai Mara for safari.

Marcie and Amy are friends from DC. We enjoyed all things Nairobi and then went to Masai Mara for safari.

Emily is also a friend from DC. We visited the baby elephants, worked in Kibera and then sat on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar!

Emily is also a friend from DC. We visited the baby elephants, worked in Kibera and then relaxed on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar!

Julie Smith is from Atlanta, but we have known each other for more than 15 years. Julie was a trouper spending most of her time in Kibera working with NHI. I rewarded her with a trip to the Mara!

Julie is from Atlanta, but we have known each other for more than 15 years. Julie was a trouper spending most of her time in Kibera working with NHI. I rewarded her with a trip to the Mara!

Friends of mine from DC and now board members of NHI, the Jepsens worked in our Kibera school, tutored our class 8 students, and generally kept me laughing at all times.

Friends of mine from DC and now board members of NHI, the Jepsens worked in our Kibera school, tutored our class 8 students, and generally kept me laughing at all times.

By the end of Holly's trip here, we laughed at how she got a tour of every slum in Nairobi. Holly, another friend from DC but currently living in Denver, went to work with me each day and helped tutor our Class 8 students. Of course, her time wasn't only in the slums, we had an epic trip to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.

By the end of Holly’s trip here, we laughed at how she got a tour of every slum in Nairobi. Holly, another friend from DC but currently living in Denver, went to work with me each day and helped tutor our Class 8 students. Of course, her time wasn’t only spent in the slums, we had an epic trip to Rwanda to see the mountain gorillas.

At lastly, my cousin, Michael Mozley, came to Kenya for work and spent a day in Kibera visiting all our projects.

And lastly, my cousin, Michael, came to Kenya for work and spent a day in Kibera visiting all our projects.

Gentle Giants

Class 8 completed their KCPE and now they wait. The students will find out their scores later in December. Please pray for them as they wait. Also, pray for their futures and that the Lord would guide them and watch over them.

New Hope Academy Class 8 Students

New Hope Academy Class 8 Students

My friend, Holly, from Denver visited for a couple of weeks and I took advantage of her professional skills for our projects and her like-minded adventurous spirit for gorilla trekking in Rwanda.

The first week Holly was in town we took in the Nairobi sights, restaurants and attractions. She helped our class 8 students prepare for their exam and tagged along to my meetings around town. Together we led a leadership development training for our business co-op leaders. Holly shared her professional experience of working as a systems engineer to talk to our project leaders about working on a team. It was a fun time with these leaders as they strive to be united in their work with NHI.

Leadership Training with Project Biashara

Leadership Training with Project Biashara

While class 8 was hard at work taking their very serious, important exam, Holly and I traveled to Rwanda for a little gorilla trekking and relaxation.

According to National Geographic, there are roughly 700 mountain gorillas remaining on Earth, and nearly half live in the forests of the Virunga mountains in central Africa. These gorillas live on the green, volcanic slopes of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo—areas that have seen much human violence from which the gorillas have not escaped. They live freely in the mountain parks, and the three countries strive to protect them through various conservation programs. Still they continue to face major threats from habitat loss and poaching. Part of protecting these animals is allowing tourist to visit them in their natural habitat. Park fees not only go toward protection of the gorillas but also to provide jobs and development for the communities surrounding the park.

After a day in Kigali and then a beautiful drive to get settled in our mountain lodge, we woke early in the morning to arrive at the park entrance for our gorilla briefing. After trekking up the muddy mountain trails for about an hour, we came across a family of 16 gorillas. This family had 3 silver-backs and 4 babies. The park allows you to hangout with the gorillas for about an hour, so we snapped a ton of photos and admired these beautiful creatures. It was an incredible experience that I will not forget.

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Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Mountain Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

This was my third trip to Rwanda. It is a very special place for me and I loved being there again. It’s beautiful, relaxing and provided a much needed mini-vacation for me. As I have said before, it is hard to imagine something so horrible happened in a place so beautiful.

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda

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