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A London-based American journalist covering arts, culture, education and development stories for publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio.

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New York Times: The Sound of Music Through El Sistema Kenya

NAIROBI, Kenya — Though Faith Syovata had almost lost her voice because of a cold, the students still hung on her every whispered word. With violins tucked under their chins, the 14-year-olds at Kawangware Primary School here had their bows…
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National Public Radio: 'I Am A Lady But I Am Telling You, I Am Capable'

MAASAI MARA, KENYA: Ever since Lucy Nabiki Takona was a young girl growing up in a village not far from the Maasai Mara game reserve in Kenya, she knew she wanted to have a career in education. So when her father told her at age 14 that she…
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The Lily: South African Non-Profit Builds Coalition of Women

Diepsloot, South Africa: Sitting in the offices of Lawyers Against Abuse (LvA), Thelma Mwale, 23, said that before she joined the organization’s Sexual Violence Workshop last spring, she did not understand much about abuse. “Before I used…
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New York Times: Nandipha Mntambo's Journey From Taxidermy to Art

JOHANNESBURG — Unlike many professional artists who know from an early age that art is their calling, Nandipha Mntambo never thought seriously about it as a future profession. She grew up in South Africa during apartheid, and her father…

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