Alfajiri: Why That Name?

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Note: This blog was initially named Alfajiri because I planned to visit Kenya. The name was changed to Culture Trek in 2009 when Kenya’s post election violence redirected me to Ghana.

ALFAJIRI (Swahili): That time of day when morning light has begun to shine but the sun has not yet?risenALFAJIRI (Swahili): That time of day when morning light has begun to shine but the sun has not yet risen

For me, this symbolizes my limited but growing field of vision regarding the struggles of impoverished people.

My Mission
In this pre-dawn light, my waking mind seeks to understand the global issues surrounding poverty and to help implement sustainable economic and social solutions. There is much to learn before the full light and warmth of the sun shines upon me. I only know one thing for certain: I am more than an American citizen. I am a global citizen and I have an opportunity to join forces with other global citizens to empower ourselves and ensure a brighter future. It is for this reason I choose to begin work in Africa, a continent with a long history of disempowerment with many lingering traces.

And so the journey begins…

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He who asks questions, cannot avoid the answers.
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Tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.
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If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for something.
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It is not what you are called, but what you answer to.
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