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In Defense of Girl’s Education in East Africa



I sent my concept paper to a Tanzanian friend, Daniel who lives in the U.S. He texted, “Call me”. I expected some minor clarifications, I called him with the document in front of me ready to make the changes.   He answered, “This is nice but it is not going to get you any money”. My heart hit the floor. I took a deep breath and braced myself for what he would say next.

He has been in the US 6 years. He told me emphatically that I had to talk about the negative. He started to rattle off reasons that people should donate money to help girls in Tanzania. I have to talk about female circumcision, albino killings and forced early marriages. I sputtered that I didn’t see any of these things while I was in Tanzania ,“ How can I talk about them and how long ago was this?”…

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