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This program will highlight Salve's current Africa connections with presentations from President Sister Therese Antone who has just returned from a visit, Kathleen Nickerson, Assistant Professor of Education, who has been working with teachers at the Nyumbani orphanage school, and Salve senior, Leila de Bruyne, who has spent several summers volunteering at BY Grace, home to HIV-positive orphans, in Nairobi. The program will conclude with clips from the DVD that Leila has made of the By Grace orphanage.

Sister M. Therese Antone, Dr. Kathleen Nickerson, and Leila de Bruyne '07
Africa: Three perspectives


Poster of Presentation, Feb. 22, 2007

Dr. Kathleen Nickerson, assistant professor of education, spent nine weeks in the summer of 2005 in Nyumbani Village outside Nairobi, Kenya. Here she volunteered by helping the children, teaching and creating a curriculum.

In Kenya, people see much death and violence in their lives and they cope with this by bringing God into their daily lives. They call this way of life "Walking with God". Nickerson said she tried this while she was there. "Every morning before I got out of bed, I would consciously put myself in God's hands for the day," Nickerson said.


Senior Leila de Bruyne first went to By Grace with her sister three years ago. She found out about the orphanage while doing research for an anthropology course she took with Dr. Debra Curtis called Children: A Global Perspective.

She was shocked by what she saw. "Here in America, we put 3-year-olds in high chairs to stop them from falling over," de Bruyne said. "In Africa, I met 3-year-olds who were completely responsible for the care of an infant sibling or dying parent."

When de Bruyne returned from her first trip to By Grace, she raised $15,000 to benefit the orphanage with the help of classmate Bridget Sheerin and recruited her roommate, Justine Axelsson, to return to By Grace with her in June 2005. They spent the money they raised on repairs, medical bills, uniforms, books and food.

(Material edited from "Report from Newport" 32(3) April 2006)

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