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Watoto

Posted by kristin on Thursday, November 29, 2012,

Watoto is the swahili word for 'children'. Watoto Children’s Choir...  If you ever have a chance to see them, go.  This organization is incredible.  Five years ago Watoto hosted our team in Uganda. We were building a borehole (well) in northern Uganda and they graciously and safely navigated us through the country and the many people wanting to say hello.  Ashley Hughes and I were impressed with the professionalism of our hosts.  We were also impressed with  their vision of caring for the o...


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Alternative Gift Market

Posted by kristin on Wednesday, November 14, 2012,

What is an alternative gift? Hmmm, good question!

It’s what you would rather get than another ugly sweater! This Saturday is the Alternative Gift Market in Audubon, PA. COME UNITY will be there as will dozens of local non-profits. Each will be ‘selling’ non-gift items, three specific ways you can make important contributions to their charities. In return, you get some kind of little take away, card, momento or thank you in honor of your purchase. Or you non-purchase depending on how yo...


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Carolyn

Posted by kristin on Wednesday, November 7, 2012,

This letter is from Carolyne. She is new to our sponsorship program, we hope to find sponsors for her and 14 classmates starting january 1, 2013. $1.40 a day make a huge impact on her life.

I am Carolyne the first born girl of John Saekro. We have seven siblings, three girls and four boys. Three are in secondary while four are still in primary level.

My father has no work he is a disabled. When you ask him for the school feeds he normally tells me that how can I struggle and yet I have no mo...


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The Foster Family

Posted by kristin on Monday, November 5, 2012,

The Foster Family is trying something new this Christmas.  Exchanging “Christmas lists” seemed a little empty and self serving. This year, their church encouraged them to give up part of their Christmas gifts in a campaign called ‘Giving back Christmas.’  It fit right in to what their hearts were already saying, and this year when they get together on Christmas, the five of them will each bring a $100 check made out to COME UNITY. They will bring four handmade gifts to exchange with o...


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Plymouth Fire Hall Craft Show

Posted by kristin on Monday, October 29, 2012,

Take a look at our beautiful beaded goods in person and get some hoiday shopping done this Friday in Conshohocken! COME UNITY will be participating in many holiday shows around Philadelphia (see the complete list below!) We have gorgeous necklaces and ornaments fresh from Africa. Also available, handbags, earrings, bracelets, tshirts and more. And of course, don't forget our Etsy Store! www.etsy.com/shop/beadsforgood

11/2 6-9pm Plymouth Fire Hall. 3213 Colwell Lane Plymouth Meeting, PA

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Blog Action Day: COME UNITY and the Power of WE!

Posted by kristin on Monday, October 15, 2012,

Today, our blog along with other blogs around the world make up Blog Action Day’s Power of We Campaign.  We means a lot of things to COME UNITY. We have a lot of we’s to celebrate. 

At COME UNITY, ‘WE’ is our Board of Directors and Advisory Board of Directors. They are the wise Meghan Nesta, the perky Jess Petrolati, Ashley Hughes the cheerful, AJ Petrolati the insightful, Daniel Naylor the creative, Kait Korber the go-getter and more. This group has met monthly, stated their heartf...


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Hobbit House

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, September 25, 2012,

This past weekend the Board of Directors, some Advisory Board members and I journeyed to the mecca of Mount Bethel, PA, for our 2nd annual retreat. All of a sudden the weekend was over and although so many things got done---- I could have stayed another two weeks straight. We’re not content with chugging along the way we have. The way we’ve been rolling as a non-profit and a group has worked, girls have been educated and people have drunk clean water--- but it’s time for more.  We refin...


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Crumbling

Posted by kristin on Friday, September 14, 2012,

I’ve thought lately that we are so fortunate, as Americans, to have free choice and elect those we wish to run our country without bloodshed. That is gift that many around the globe do not have. Though the pangs of opposition may feel hurtful, we have a country that offers us the freedom to choose.

Our world seems like it is crumbling. Yemen. Egypt. Libya. Heartache. This week there has been a lot of violence around the world towards these ideals. My heart aches and my prayers is that the ...


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Poverty like a bandit.

Posted by kristin on Friday, September 7, 2012,

This morning I read some powerful words. “A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest- and poverty will come on you like bandit and scarcity like an armed man.”

I think about poverty a lot. I live not too far from some pretty physically impoverished areas. In Africa, while walking around and visiting new communities I sometimes feel like I’m drawing lines between the poor, the really poor, and the really really poor.  It is the poorest of the poor that I rea...


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13 stairs.

Posted by kristin on Monday, August 20, 2012,

I used to drive 80 miles one way to work. Now I walk up 13 steps to my new office fresh with paint and photos and the smell of new machines from my Career Transitions for Dancers grant.   I miss my old co-workers and the silliness we had in a day’s work.  It has been an adjustment for me to walk up those 13 stairs and sit at a desk, in front of this here computer, and ‘work’. 

 

A few weeks ago I went to the Global Leadership Summit.   Speakers from Bill Hybels to Jim Collins to Cond...


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July trips.

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, July 31, 2012,

Last July, we had an incredibly successful trip to Kenya and Ethiopia. We forged new relationships in Ethiopia, started a borehole project in Sheda and took a small team to Kenya that experienced a wealth of people, culture, regions of the country and reality of what our work actually looks like overseas.  We had a great trip and everyone learned a lot.  We were looking forward to a return trip in a few weeks, but ‘tis not the case for 2012.

It’s the first time we’ve ever postponed a t...


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Moving on.

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, June 12, 2012,
A lot of people have asked in the past few months about why I'm retiring from my 12 year career of being a professional ballerina.  In 2000, I started my professional career in NJ, and its been a wonderful 12 years!  My commute to the studio during most of those years has averaged 50 miles one way.  I arrived at the studio to the routine of plies, tendues, degages, rehearsal, lunch, rehearsal mixed with laughter, sweat and sometimes tears-- that has been my life. I don't really know life any ...
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Big changes!

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, May 29, 2012,

Its true! I've had a little hiatus from COME UNITY to be married to the love of my life in the beginning of April. And in a few weeks I am officially retiring from my 12 year career of being a professional ballerina. Big big changes!  What's next!?!  Glad you asked.  I will be the Director of this great organization and to keep my feet in the dance world, teach more dance.

I am grateful for the opportunity to lead COME UNITY with all its challenges and joys. My first trip to Africa was in 2007...


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Mick Hughes Girls Sponsorship Support Fund

Posted by kristin on Sunday, February 19, 2012,

Mick Hughes lost his battle to cancer earlier this month.

 

Mick was a generous supporter of COME UNITY’s Sponsorship Program and has sponsored one of our girls in Ilbissil since we launched our program. His daughter, Ashley, is the head of our Sponsorship Program and knows how many extra fees, charges and legitimate needs transpire through a program like ours. We would like to set up this fund to have resources for costs relative to our Sponsorship Program. These could be: providing for ...


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the year of...

Posted by kristin on Monday, January 9, 2012,

2012. The year of going big.

 

Two main things on my mind this morning, as I prepare to head off to McCarter Theatre.  They’ve been selling our goods at their lobby boutique since October, and I’m hoping they want more!

 

6K!!! Last year we were pretty excited that our race expanded from the bounds of Philadelphia to the rolling hills of the Midwest.  One race in 2010.  Two in 2011. And in 2012, we’re going for four or maybe FIVE races!!!!  Our races usually boast about 200 walkers,...


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Merry Christmas!

Posted by kristin on Saturday, December 17, 2011,

Happy Holidays from COME UNITY!

 At a recent Board of Directors retreat we learned a good lesson that to avoid growing weary it is a good practice to document your successes.  As 2011 comes to an end, here’s the short list on what we’ve been up to!

In 2011 we…

-took a team to Kenya

-held two 6k races in Indiana and Pennsylvania

-started a new well in Ethiopia and took on new sponsor girls in Kenya

-raised nearly $15,000 for our future water and sustainability projects

-completed...


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Quite a year.

Posted by kristin on Sunday, December 11, 2011,

Dear Friends,

It has been an awesome year for COME UNITY . Two 6k races, one dance event, volleyball and sailing fundraisers, one team trip to Africa and to date 5 clean water projects around the world, 15 sponsor girls, 9 cows, sustainability projects and much more. In the works are a clean water project in Sheda, Ethiopia--- and the reason I write you today: Pokot, Kenya.

The Principal at Alale Primary School in Pokot told us, “the 7th and 8th grade girls are most vulnerable....


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Our girls.

Posted by kristin on Thursday, November 3, 2011,

Last week I sat on my bedroom floor and cried as I opened my email to find 16 beautiful faces, and 16 heart wrenching stories of the girls we have committed to finding sponsors for.  We heard many similar stories when we visited their homeland of Pokot, Kenya this past July.  Perhaps it shouldn’t take my breath away quite as much as it did--- but, then again, injustice this weighty shoud never cease to take our breath away. 

One of our girls writes, “I am sixteen years old. My Father di...


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Collaborations.

Posted by kristin on Friday, September 23, 2011,

Last weekend was Fringe Fest.  This was the BIGGEST collaboration of dancers we’ve ever attempted, and it was a sheer success.  It was incredible to look at the blank stages as dancers from all regions--- NJ, NY and Philly blanketed the stage with their tendues and plies.  Ballet dancers.  Jazz dancers.  Modern dancers.  They all shared the same generous spirit.  Some friends from Lustigdancetheatre have been doing events like this since 2007.  They are the tried and true COME UNITY veteran...


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Africa reflections

Posted by kristin on Wednesday, August 3, 2011,

Just in July I had the privilege of taking our first team to Africa.  What a joy for me to watch my teammates experience Africa through their own eyes.  I was so excited to share a world with them that has been part of my life for so long, and part of their lives as well--- yet, from across the ocean.  As incredibly smart, observant generous individuals it was awesome to see them take in Africa--- and to learn from the things that impacted each of them in profound ways.  They respond differen...


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Details of Kenya

Posted by kristin on Wednesday, July 6, 2011,
Well I have arrived home safely and have readjusted to life in the USA (well at least to the time zone.) Week one in Kenya was an experience, it started off with Kristin and I arriving late but safely in Kenya.  We were warmly welcomed by the Cassel family, their beautiful home, comfy beds and loving hugs were a welcome treat.  We spent Monday catching up on sleep, and hugging and kissing giraffes (a huge highlight for me, as a giraffe is my absolute favorite animal).

Early Tuesday morning we...
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Trip Continues in Kenya

Posted by kristin on Wednesday, June 29, 2011,
We now continue our trip in Keyna.  The rest of the Come Unity team has arrived!  We met beaming Niall, Rachel and Peggy in Nairobi yesterday morning.  We ventured to the Maasai Market shopping, had lunch out, and have since spent
the evening back at our host's, the Cassell family, home.  It was so fun to see them, and everyone is doing well.

Today we will spend the day with Charles Mokaya, visiting Kibera slum and a few projects his organization participates in  Thursday we leave for Ilbissi...
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A Week in Ethiopia

Posted by kristin on Sunday, June 26, 2011,
I write from a internet cafe in the Addis airport.  One week has gone quickly in Africa, each day feels like three days in one--- getting up and doing the morning, travel during the day, visit new communities at night.  This is the first time we've been on a computer all week, and in a few hours we'll arrive in Nairobi.  But first, an update on week one, Ethiopia.

The world can be a tiny place.  On our flight from Istanbul to Addis I sat next to a man who actually knows my cousin Mike.  The ma...
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Mounds.

Posted by kristin on Saturday, June 11, 2011,

There is a mound on my floor of things that will soon be in my suitcase.  I am trying not to make the pile so big --- but a big part of my pile is the goody bags and gifts to our sponsor girls that the folks at SHC helped COME UNITY pack at their 5th Sunday event.  Its amazing that a tiny bar of soap, a few pens, shampoo, toothbrushes can light up their eyes.  I think the tiny flashlight keychain will be quite the hit.  I look forward to seeing this team experience Africa for the first time. ...


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back to africa.

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, May 31, 2011,

In not so many weeks we’re heading back to Africa!  We are in pursuit of COME UNITY’s next partners—some of the most difficult work we do.  We have quite a checklist of things we are looking for---  getting to know and coming to trust people you’ve known for such a short time is a challenging work, and comes with a lot of discernment and prayer.  However, that is part of what our trip is about.  Myself, and fellow board member Jessica Petrolati will be in Ethiopia for one week doing j...


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two 6ks. a summary.

Posted by kristin on Saturday, May 14, 2011,

How do I sum up the 6ks in a few sentences?  4/30 we were in Indiana.  Jess Petrolati, who coordinates our 6k races, came with me on the 11 hour drive—home.  The perfect place for the hometown crowd.  The team in IN was so well prepared and could have put on an amazing event without us.  But we loved being part of the day, and I had many great conversation with people from a city ready to invest in CU.  Near 150 racers came out to IPFW, ran, walked, pushed strollers around the twisty co...


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Gazette Article. Fort Wayne, here we come.

Posted by kristin on Monday, April 25, 2011,

Clean water, school aid among goals for Saturday 6K at IPFW


A villager in Kenya collects water from a well provided through the group Come Unity.

When Kristin Scott walked miles with women to gather water in Africa, she was shocked by what they found.

The river water typically would be dirty or cloudy with silt, she says. But they filled their water jugs anyway, because it was the only option.

“We take for granted that we turn on our tap a...


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faultless religion

Posted by kristin on Monday, April 11, 2011,

If i were to ask you, what does pure faultless religion look like, what would you say?

 I went to Kenya in 2007.  I met Edna.  She was four and came to school every day crying.  She pee’d her pants.  She never said much.  One day when the teachers I was working with wanted to take me on some home visits, I agreed.  Edna had not been in school that day.  Soon we approached her tiny home.  Her father was there.  He apologized that Edna wasn’t in school today.  It was because she didn’t hav...


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big week

Posted by kristin on Sunday, March 27, 2011,
this was a big week for COME UNITY!   i want to share my excitement with you.  i'm often here behind the keys of the computer organizing fundraisers, communicating with Africans, putting teams and meeting and documents together to make this thing go.  not to say that it can lose its luster, but sitting behind the keyboard doesn't exaclty compare to the thrill of speaking in front of the crowd about what i'm passionate about or walking the dirty roads of Nairobi dreaming about our next project...
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the other side.

Posted by kristin on Saturday, March 5, 2011,
Working overseas comes with many challenges.  For one, the internet in some of the remote places we visit isn't always available.  So communication can sometimes be very drawn out.  Often, I am reminded that I live in an incredibly fast-paced get it done culture--- where its often my way or the highway.  Well, not 'my way'... but, well...  you know what I mean!  This work tests my patience and communication and processes and relationships all happen to a different process than what we deal wi...
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teams. making it happen.

Posted by kristin on Monday, February 21, 2011,
Since this year we're adding a 6k race in Indiana, we have a whole new team of folks, there in the mid-west on board with making sure our Indiana 6k is a success.  I love the way our teams come to be.  Generous people step forward wanting to be part of what COME UNITY is all about.  They get fired up and bring their gifts and abilities to the table.  They bring new ideas, fresh excitement and a zeal to see COME UNITY succeed.  Our Indiana team is composed of an eclectice group of folks, each ...
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Sailing, take me away.... la la la la la....

Posted by kristin on Thursday, February 10, 2011,
So, COME UNITY's got some really generous friends.  Captain Phil is up there with the best of them.  Check out this great offer, impress your Valentine, support COME UNITY and go sailing?  Yes, please!

Stay one night on The Pintita of Baltimore, as a ‘boat and breakfast,’ which includes a 2 hour sail, overnight accommodations for you and your sweetheart, and pancakes in the morning made by the Captain himself! And for every reservation booked before Valentine’s Day, Cap’n will donate $...

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five oh one c three

Posted by kristin on Sunday, January 23, 2011,

It’s official.  COME UNITY took a few baby steps forward on establishing as a 501(c)3 organization.  And, right off the bat they were asking for our Board of Directors and their estimated hours devoted to COME UNITY per week. COME UNITY has a Board of five members, a team that has been committed to who we are and what we’re all about for years now.  They are different and talented, they bring beautiful and unique things to the table, they are passionate about seeing two communities change...


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2011.

Posted by kristin on Thursday, January 13, 2011,

Happy 2011 everyone!

It's been just over a month since we returned from Africa, and COME UNITY's got a lot of things in motion. The other day I was stuffing envelopes and mailers with photos and letters from COME UNITY's 15 sponsor girls to their generous sponsors, and I was trying not to get overwhelmed. One sponsor girl writes, "I really don't know how to thank you because of your kindness towards me. I'm 100% happy and sincerely wish you good fortune as you sponsor me and may God shower...


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cows and final days

Posted by kristin on Friday, December 10, 2010,
Among lots of other things, I have been hard at work this week on The Cattle Campaign.  Maybe a cow is just what you wanted for Christmas. :) 

Yesterday I visited Kitui.  Met Eric who sunk a borehole on his father's property, and has done an amazing job cultivating the land.  He has three greenhouses, and the tomatoes and peppers are thriving!  He has cows and mangoes and paw paw that we call papaya.  They are revolutionizing the way their entire area does farming, and it was quite a learning...
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plan b.

Posted by kristin on Monday, December 6, 2010,
Last week was about Plan B.  The best thing you can bring on a trip like this is flexibility.  Not the doing the splits kind but the go with the flow kind.  The government arrived in pekot, where we were supposed to spend our week, to disarm the people of the guns they have to prevent cattle rustling.  No Pekot for us.

We visited two projects of HACA’s, one in Thicka and one in the Kibera slum.    In Thicka we saw an amazing example of a well run center for orphans.  The place is now mostly ...
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thanks and giving.

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, November 30, 2010,
we didn’t eat turkey on thanksgiving day.  we were greeted at our ‘home’ in
Ilbissil with a grand, “Happy Thanksgiving!!” when pastor Kiroka came to pick us
up.  we had a busy day planned.  it was a thanksgiving day I will never forget,
mostly because of the people I met.  And also for the things I felt thankful for
as we took pastor and his family out to dinner that evening.

our first stop was to a rescue house.  many young girls in Masai culture are
married off to an elder husband-...
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our girls.

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, November 23, 2010,
Tomorrow we are heading to Ilbissil.  Over the next few days we will spend time
surveying the finished borehole project complete with tanks, piping, and pump. 
But mostly we are excited to spend a few days with 15 girls that YOU have
provided education for through our Girls Sponsorship Program.  We’ve packed
your letters and a few other goodies to pass along to them (soap, toothbrushes,
toothpaste, maxipads, books, etc).  We will spend days checking up on each one,
talking with her, findin...
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quick trip to uganda

Posted by kristin on Saturday, November 20, 2010,
  The days pass quickly here.  I can’t believe I’ve only been in Africa since Monday.  It was a wonderful and quick few days with the Compassion Corps team in Uganda.  Jan and Beth have been an incredible inspiration and encouragement to me, and I was excited to see them on the ground in action.  They had a team of ten with them, and spent their two weeks doing medical clinics and encouraging the local church and their partners there.  They recounted so many stories of sick people and the...
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kwaheri!

Posted by kristin on Sunday, November 14, 2010,
this will be the 4th time i've boarded a plane in newark and ended up in another
world on the opposite side of the ocean.  i am humbled and excited to be going,
again.  the thrill hasn't been diminished one bit.  nor the nerves.  on tuesday
i'll arrive in entebbe, uganda, and will meet up with our partners at compassion
corps.  theyve been there a week or so already, and have a medical team and a
lot of enthusiasm for new beginnings in uganda.  i am excited to pray thru the
opportunity to par...
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blog action day 2010.

Posted by kristin on Friday, October 15, 2010,
The Blog Action Day people write, "first and last, the purpose of Blog Action Day is
to create a discussion. We ask bloggers to take a single day out of their
schedule and focus it on an important issue. By doing so on the same day, the
blogging community effectively changes the conversation on the web and focuses
audiences around the globe on that issue. Out of this discussion naturally flow
ideas, advice, plans, and action. In 2007 with the theme of the environment, we
saw bloggers running ...
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Meet Charles.

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, September 28, 2010,
Charles Mokaya works as Regional Operations Manager at Help a Child Africa in Karen, Kenya.  He has been one of the most influential people in ensuring the success of COME UNITY's projects in Africa.  When I get on the plane to head home, Charles is committed to ensuring the projects are well looked after and relationships are transparent, so our work can continue and grow.  Charles is coming to the US this October to visit, and I am incredibly excited.  He will solidify his relationship with...

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come sail.

Posted by kristin on Saturday, September 11, 2010,
       well, the fall is almost upon us.  did you get your tickets for the sailing event on october 2nd?  the boat is liscensed for 20 passengers, so hurry up!  you don't want to be left on the dock.  captain phil schnering has been sailing the high seas for almost 50 years, you will be delighted to sail on board his "Pintita" and learn first hand about the Cheasapeake Bay.  he has also been a long supporter of COME UNITY and our projects in Africa.  one of the main goals of COME UNITY is to ...

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why water.

Posted by kristin on Sunday, August 8, 2010,
This week the final phase of work on our project in Ilbissil, Kenya begins.  They are constructing a pumphouse, and completing the piping, as well as installing tanks to each place they need to go.  They will be able to collect rainwater during the occasional rain in this dry land.  It has been a long time coming, but COME UNITY looks forward to celebrating with the people of Ilbissil when all is said and done.
 
We have had two impeccable partners for this project in Ilbissil.  One, is Sol...

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compassionism

Posted by kristin on Friday, July 30, 2010,
i've got some people pretty up on social networking in my life.  they keep me in the loop as best they can.  here's an article on compassionism and our do gooder generation.  i hope you like it.

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/worldview/features/21449-compassionism

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Coincidence?

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, July 13, 2010,
On Friday my friend Kevin and I are going to Nashville.  Since 2007 COME UNITY has happened upon so many amazing partners all over the world.  We have Project X in LA, Help a Child Africa in Kenya, Compassion Corps in Glen Mills, PA.  You can call it coincidence...  I don't because I don't believe in coincidence.  A mutual friend connected me to Jennifer Harwell who runs Nashville.  I looked into her group a bit and got excited about what she's doing.   Nashville in Motion is a school and dan...

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Aid.

Posted by kristin on Sunday, June 27, 2010,

COME UNITY has been rockin lately.  April, May and June were busy months for us.  I’m so excited when people ask me, “what’s up with COME UNITY?”  I want to tell it all.  I am excited for what we’ve got going here to grow.  And I’m confidant that new growth and getting loads of new folks fired up about what we’re doing is just around the corner.  I encouraged my team last week to be conisseurs of information about how we are best making our mark in Africa.  There are people who ...


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my friends

Posted by kristin on Monday, June 7, 2010,
Its again been too long since I last wrote.  One day I will become a frequent blogger.  So much is going on with COME UNITY.  Over the past few months things at work have become very unclear-- the organization is in financial woes, as so many organizations are these days.  Things that have been stable in my life for so long, are no longer.  But what, really, is stability.   I packed all my belongings into a big truck and moved a few months ago.  Things that surround me daily no longer do.  Th...

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6k :)

Posted by kristin on Saturday, April 24, 2010,
Until now, COME UNITY has most often looked like a dance event.  I mean, when people like you come to a COME UNITY event, they'll come to a theatre and find a lot of beautiful dancers on stage, spending their lives and talents on doing somethign good for someone else.  And i love it.  Dance is what I do.  So i love it.  Last weekend was the 6k.  I don't know much about 6k's or 5k's... as they typically are.... but there was a special something in the air that day.  We were up late the night b...

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happy World Water Day!!

Posted by kristin on Monday, March 22, 2010,
geez, i'm tired this morning.  what would my life look like if i had to go four miles to get some water so i could take a shower this morning?  i really don't feel like going that far, i'm not sure i could do half that.  and then, carry it back?  come on. 
 
today is World Water Day.  people around the globe are celebrating, and for more on that visit http://www.unwater.org/worldwaterday/  COME UNITY is celebrating with the champange because today in Ilbissil, Kenya they are drinking clean...

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dreaming big.

Posted by kristin on Friday, February 12, 2010,
have you ever had a dream?  i mean, a really big dream, like taking a trip to somewhere crazy exotic, like, nepal or madagascar?  or making it big-- being on american idol, or dancing with american ballet theatre?  maybe the dream is having a family of four children, two dogs and a nice house.  ive realized how much COME UNITY is my dream.  i didn't set out to do any of this... but i am so challeged by grandeur of it all.  as we seek to climt the new heights, it feels a little scary to step o...

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6k...

Posted by kristin on Friday, January 29, 2010,
i'm so excited by COME UNITY lately.  our 6k is totally in the works.  we adopted 'zapevents' to handle registrations... and it feels so empowering to have an official web registration page and be taking on registrations.  come one come all.  this will be our first major event that is outside the dance realm.  i mean, we have almost completely raised funds to this point by hosting dance events.  dance is what i do.  its my passion, and returning to work this week after nearly a year off with ...

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you. and Haiti.

Posted by kristin on Saturday, January 23, 2010,
I had high hopes of updating this blog really often.  Today I have high hopes again, so what better way to make that happen than by doing it?!  HA.  Its been a big week for COME UNITY. I'm so fired up and have a great team of people all busy working on their own piece of the puzzle to make COME UNITY happen.  Its not just mine anymore.  Its becoming theirs just as much.  And to grow CU that's exaclty it, it has to be bigger than me, bigger than just me and you.  The more we are the more we ca...

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Kenya 10/17-26 2009

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, November 3, 2009,

Kenya feels like familiar turf to me and we were anxious to meet up with our friend Charles again, and later that night head down to Ilbissil.  Leaving the airport, we were sideswiped by another car exiting the airport.  We prayed that our driver wouldn’t be taken advantage of by the police and we were thankful there wasn’t much injury or damage. 

 

Finally in Ilbissil, we had a nice meal with Pastor John Kiroka and his family.  Sunday was the most wonderful celebration we could have i...


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Uganda! 10/10-16 2009

Posted by kristin on Tuesday, November 3, 2009,

Late Saturday night we arrived in Uganda.  Paul, our host from Watoto was there to pick us up, smiles and all, and we were happy to be in Africa.  http://www.watoto.com/  The next day, Monday, we slept in, had a nice lunch and awaited the arrival of our Generosity Water team from LA.  This team included Sol Garcia, my fundraising partner and head of Project X, who I had last seen in Kenya back in January.  It was a fun reunion.  Tuesday came and we blasted off early, headed to Gulu--- or, nor...


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the Ilbissil well!!

Posted by kristin on Saturday, October 10, 2009,
Today we head to Africa!  This morning I woke up to the following email...

 Yes we have it now a borehole  it took the driller 120 mtrs deep to reach the waters   according to him its measures more than 8cb mtrs  which is about 8000 litres per hour which is alot of water for us to use.i could believe my eyes for i was tense due to our last experience but our God is so great...  now  we have a reason to celebrate  and dance for the Lord on sunday for this is a living testimony of the miracles o...
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packing

Posted by kristin on Monday, October 5, 2009,

You should see the floor of my apartment.  All the items hoping to get packed are strew about my floor so I can see them all in hopes to put some kind of organized order to them all.  Hat, sneakers, deet, meds, bandanas for the really greasy hair days, sweatshirts, headlamp.  Can’t forget the headlamp.  Wow, I feel so fortunate to be going back.  This is my third trip to Africa, first trip to Uganda.  Despite the long hard days there sometimes, the heartache, the dust, the food that I don...


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testing 1 2 3..........

Posted by kristin on Monday, September 28, 2009,
 'when the well runs dry we know the meaning of water.'
 -benjamin franklin
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