By Deqo Mahad

Unleashing Your Inner Power

After long evaluation, analysis, and introspection, I came to realize that each one of us is the commander, or master, of our own futures. Because of this awareness, I now recognize that the choices and decisions we make have either a positive or negative impact on our lives, and can even become an absolute obstacle to realizing our dreams.

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By Isaac Kakula

Who Am I?

Who am I, who am I, who am I?
They call me a citizen and a conqueror.
They say I am affluent, intelligent,
Responsible, successful and a great writer.
But that’s not what I am.
So, who am I?
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By Devota Uwilagiye

Proving Myself A LEEP Leader

The Country Operation Planning (COP) meeting is an annual 2-day workshop organized by UNHCR that brings together leaders from the Botswana government, Skillshare International Botswana, Botswana Red Cross, the Dukwi refugee camp clinic, and nearby village governments. This year, the COP was held in Mahalapye, a village located between Francistown and Gaborone (the country’s capital). The workshop allows leaders to discuss the challenges that they had faced implementing programs for refugees in the previous years, as well as some of their successes. They then plan for the upcoming two years.

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By Scottie's Place

Inside Rwanda’s Refugee Camps

Part III of III

From January 10 through March 5, 2012, my colleague Matt Vincent and I visited five separate refugee camps in Botswana, Kenya, and Rwanda as the first step in developing the Vulnerable Scholars Program. Over the last month, I’ve been sharing our experiences and findings from the hundreds of interviews we conducted with education and government officials, from representatives at UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and NGO partners, from leaders in the refugee and host communities, and from countless young women and girls seeking desperately to achieve an education. This final post will focus on our visits to the three of the four refugee camps in Rwanda: Kiziba, Gihembe, and Nyabiheke. The fourth camp, Kigeme, was opened in August 2012 after an escalation in violence in and around Goma, a city in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.   Read more

By Scottie's Place

Life in the Kakuma Refugee Camp

Part II of III

From January 10 through March 5, 2012, my colleague Matt Vincent and I visited five separate refugee camps in Botswana, Kenya, and Rwanda as the first step in developing the Vulnerable Scholars Program. I’ll be sharing our experiences and findings from the hundreds of interviews we conducted with education and government officials, from representatives at UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and NGO partners, from leaders in the refugee and host communities, and from countless young women and girls seeking desperately to achieve an education. This week will focus on our visit to the Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya, and next week I will share our findings from three refugee camps in Rwanda: Kiziba, Gihembe, and Nyabiheke.

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Unleashing Your Inner Power
Who Am I?
Proving Myself A LEEP Leader
Inside Rwanda’s Refugee Camps
Life in the Kakuma Refugee Camp