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Journals from Africa by Gloria Simoneaux
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Journals from Africa by Gloria Simoneaux

Journal One

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)
July 6, 2007

"The boys knew very well that they could run off with an expensive camera, and they also knew that I knew that. But, they didn't, because I trusted them. And then slowly, slowly they trusted me and soon we were all in a love situation. A big one. And to think of them now, as I write this testament to a great group of children, my heart is bursting with what I feel for every single one of them."
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Journal Six

CONNECT Training (Harare, Zimbabwe)
July 13, 2007

“I had been told that CONNECT (Institute of Family Therapy offering a three year degree program) was one of the more sophisticated local operations with a strong infrastructure. That appealed to me tremendously. I was looking forward to a smooth, constructive day. Boy, was I in for a surprise.”
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Journal Two

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)
July 7, 2007

“I noticed that some of the children engaged the observers, pointing at a section of the mural and explaining it. I was overjoyed to see that exchange…seemingly so simple and straightforward, but it said so much more to the children. They were being seen as intelligent and responsible people with something to share. It was great…exactly what they need.”
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Journal Seven

Langata Prison & University of Nairobi
July 15, 2007

“Langata is one of the most congested prisons in Africa and the women have their children live with them until age five. At age five, the children are basically sent out on the streets, unless there are relatives willing to care for them (not often the case).”

“Shockingly, the University three-year degree program offers NO courses in child therapy (How can that be? There are children dying all over the streets) and of course no courses in expressive arts.”
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Journal Three

Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA)
July 9, 2007

“I told them, ‘You can do something really special if you paint or draw a message for a child in California who is very poor and has no home.’ It’s a simple exercise, yet the result is profound…a sense of inter-connectedness and belonging."
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Journal Eight

Paniel School and Urban School,
located in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya
July 15, 2007

“Half of Nairobi’s population lives in the slums…a place difficult to describe (desperation…total lack of dignity…I don’t know the best words) and even more difficult to imagine.”
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Journal Four

Parirentyatwa Hospital (Harare, Zimbabwe)
July 10, 2007

“Standing alone at the door that marked the entrance to the ward was a tall, thin girl of about ten years old. Her face was disfigured by a black growth that grew the entire length (top to bottom) and covered almost half of her face. It was the most hideous disfigurement that I had ever seen on a human being and I automatically gasped and stared in horror. As it turns out, that afternoon meeting was very significant for me. Sbongila, the young girl, is the reason that I needed to visit the hospital and we have become close friends.”
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Journal Nine

Kenyatta Hospital of Nairobi, Kenya
July 17, 2007

“Gangs of children in hospital uniforms roam the halls playing with guns and airplanes made out of paper, laughing, and running around. Those children seemed happy and relaxed and it appeared that they were free to wander anywhere, running up and down the stairs chasing each other. I couldn’t make sense of what was going on but I instantly fell in love with many of them.”
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Journal Five

Goromonzi, Zimbabwe
July 12, 2007

“My assignment was to work with two groups of thirty children each, ages 15-19. The children, very proud to be attending school, walked many miles from surrounding villages in their often tattered school uniforms. The countryside was lovely…rolling hills with giant balanced rock formations scattered here and there."
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