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A Cow is as Good as a Woman

When I ask Kimere Masoi how old she is, she whispers that she doesn’t know. She has 7 children she says, hoping that this information will help. My translator suggests she is probably in her late 20s. She’s certainly much, much younger than I had naively imagined, when I was

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Educating My Father

From birth, a female Maasai child is treated as a second-class citizen. Women neither own nor control property and are confined to the domestic sphere. But our girl’s education programmes are slowly changing perceptions, as I discovered when I met Somoine Jeremiah. Somoine (So-moy-neh) has a serious face for a 28

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We Are 20

African Initiatives is 20 years old. It’s time to look back at where it all started. We spoke to the founder, Mike Sansom and heard about two women with fire in their bellies… Starry, starry night In 1996, Mike was travelling the road from Bolgatanga to Bawku in northern Ghana

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Karen King – Thank you

It’s with great sadness that we say goodbye to our friend and supporter Karen King, who passed away just before Christmas. Karen met Mike Sansom, the founder of African Initiatives, when he delivered a workshop as part of Africa Focus Week in 2002. She was working for Bristol City Council

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Day of the African Child

June 16th is Day of the African Child. There are hundreds of ‘special’ days. What makes this one worth marking? On this very day forty years ago, thousands of students took to the streets in Soweto, South Africa, marching in a column more than half a mile long, protesting the

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Conservation Conversation

CONSERVATION CONVERSATION The recent Goldman prize win for Edward Loure and our partner UCRT has had us thinking about land and its use, access (or lack thereof) and ownership. The Maasai are pastoralists; semi-nomadic livestock herders who move with the seasons in search of fresh pasture and water. Their ancestral

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and the 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize goes to…

and the Goldman Environmental Prize for Africa goes to…   Edward Loure, from  the Ujaama Community Resource Team! When Edward is not bathed in sunshine and accolades, he can be found protecting Maasai grazing lands from land grabbing tour-operators and safari companies. UCRT, our fantastic partner in Tanzania, is a

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The Wild Wild Western Charity – Partnerships for good.

At an International Women’s Day Conference last month, African Initiatives hosted a series of workshops and discussion groups. One of the questions that continually came up was the role of partnerships in the work African Initiatives does. So we’re going to address this and answer the questions. The role of the western

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The Queens of Ghana

March is Women’s History Month. Often women are left out of history so we’re taking a look at the herstory of women in Ghana – Some of the most impressive and dynamic women on the continent. Women first appeared in Ghana around the same time as men. This was over 2,000 years ago.

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