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Tsion Horra

Tsion is an Ethiopian native and a soccer fanatic. As part of the International Baccalaureate program, she developed a love for learning about different cultures. She was named Star Student of her senior class and won a National Achievement Scholarship. Her passions include women's rights and hunger issues, and she even helped raise $5000 for the famine in East Africa.

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The Nature of Poverty

May 8, 2013

I co-wrote this blog with Fikrte Abebe, a fellow Fellow. We were recently exposed to the results of a study done by the UN in 1998. The results were published in a book titled “Voices of the Poor.”  Through the reading we believe we have a deeper understanding of poverty. What we have come to...

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Women, Sex, and Sexuality

March 28, 2013

I was raised to be chaste, to wait until marriage, to not discuss sex openly because if I were discussing sex openly then it must be that I have lax moral views towards it. I must not think that it is as sacred or solemn as I was thought to observe through the language our...

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I am not my hair I am not my skin….

March 1, 2013

Growing up in a society with people who look exactly like me, I never truly understood the term racism and how it was talked about in American Schools.  I learned about slave ships, the civil war, and Martin Luther King Jr.  And every February I listened to the quotes made by famous black women and...

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Single Parenthood in the Andean Mountains

December 11, 2012

One morning my host mother in Nizag and I were eating breakfast when I noticed the unusual abundance of eggs in the kitchen. Eggs, at $0.15 each, are expensive for my family. For this reason we eat eggs only occasionally. So I asked my host mom how we got them. My host mom bought the...

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Presence

December 5, 2012

This is my new host family. By far, they are the most welcoming and loving group of people I have met in Ecuador. My 18 year-old host sister is this athletic ball of energy that monopolized my attention the first time I met her. My host brother is a jokester. My host parents, caring and...

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Living in the Andean mountains within an indigenous Native American community: Check.

November 21, 2012

Lots of things have passed since the last time I wrote a blog: Fall Training at Stanford in August and in-country orientation in Quito from September and October. But by far the most interesting and challenging events happened to me in the last month and two weeks. Waking up in a rural village to the...

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I Belong

July 10, 2012

Do you know the feeling? I mean the feeling of belonging somewhere, within something, or with someone? I do. Getting to this point or feeling, however, was by no means effortless. Unlike most of my classmates in high school, I was always indecisive and uncertain of my future; it scared me. I would always think...

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