DAKAR, SENEGAL: Tracking down Molly Melching is not an easy task. The Texas-born, Illinois-raised, Senegal-based 66-year-old is constantly on the move. She’s the founder and executive director of Tostan, a Dakar-based NGO that helps bring education programs, including human rights and reproductive health, to local communities. Tostan celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Read more
LONDON–**For Olivia Matabata, 2007 was a devastating year. Her middle son was sick at home with AIDS, and Ms. Matabata, who has five grandchildren, was desperate for information on how to help him. A neighbor encouraged her to attend a four-day workshop at Grandmothers Against Poverty and AIDS (GAPA), a local community and education center in the Khayelitsha Township near Cape Town. Read more
I sent Flat Stanley packing. He left, back to the American Midwest in a puffy envelope filled with photos from his travels plus a few souvenirs. He’s had a great time abroad—while in Ethiopia he saw the ancient capital of Aksum and hung out with some shepherd boys in the Simien Mountains. In Poland he took a train from Warsaw to Poznan and sat in on an interview with the country’s most renowned modern art collector. Read more
LONDON— When Russian Alla Jilobokov and her Costa Rican/American husband Javier Casasnovas moved back to Costa Rica from the United States in 2004, they initially enrolled their two daughters in a top international school in San José. Though tuition was expensive—about $2,000 a month— it was the expected thing to do in their family and social circles. Read more
LONDON--Sonali Banerjee Hutchison is still unpacking boxes from the move she and her family made from Manila, in the Philippines, to Dhaka, Bangladesh, earlier this summer.
Having lived in the Philippines for 11 years, where she and her husband, Dale, worked for international schools (he as a high school history teacher and she as a guidance counselor), they decided to make a move last year, wanting a change of pace and new experiences for themselves and their two young boys. Though Mrs. Hutchison describes their move as “exciting but frustrating,” the American couple are looking forward to their new jobs at the International School Dhaka and getting to know their new city. Read more