The Rise and Fall of Heroes, Part 8 of Tembea Na Mimi 3

      This is Part 8 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James Huddled under the branches of a thorn tree, cold rain pounding against my back, I witnessed courage in action and felt small and weak in comparison. But I am used […]

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“I Love Hills” Part 7 of Tembea Na Mimi 5

This is Part 7 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James “I love hills!” Terry exhaled as she charged past me.  I wheezed an affirmative in reply, which was all I could do.  Gravity was pulling me backwards, while some insane devotion to […]


The Relativity of Age, Part 6 of Tembea Na Mimi 7

This is Part 6 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James Our Elders, battle-scarred guardians, are the orators of history and culture. They are the wise leaders of our communities teaching us that age is relative, life’s pains multiply but become less noteworthy, […]

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Time and Love, Part 5 of Tembea Na Mimi 3

This is Part 5 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James Rob walked with James, our Maasai guide, showering him in conversation. “What are those animals there, James?” Rob inquired, pointing far into the distance.  “They are cattle,” says James.  “Cattle? They look like sheep.  Are […]


The Principle of Pleasure and Pain, Part 4 1

This is Part 4 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James If strength is measured by one’s ability to persevere, Helena Sarcone had to be one of our strongest walkers. She was usually the last to lace her boots in the morning; bandaging her […]

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“Not Your Average Joe,” Part 3 of Tembea Na Mimi 7

This is Part 3 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James   “Silence is the mystery of the world to come. Speech is the organ of this present world. More than all things love silence: it brings you a fruit that the tongue […]


“Lawrence”, Part 2 of Tembea Na Mimi

This is Part 2 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James He was “our Lawrence,” tall and lean, culturally fluid, graceful in life, and impeccable in manners.  His name is Michael Nation, and he walked like a Somali tribesman. As we walked the Migori road, […]

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Ooo Le La Lo, Part 1 of Tembea Na Mimi

This is Part 1 of a multi-part essay that chronicles Tembea Na Mimi, a walk across Kenya. by Jeff James The blisters on my feet have healed and the limp has gone away, but what lingers the longest are these words softly sung from recent, precious memories:  “Ooo le la lo, […]


Hugh’s News, Vol. 52, No. 3 – June 2015

Merry Christmas!! “Huh? It’s June, you dope, a little early in the season, don’t you think?!” Yes, we know, but we have so many delightful African treasures we have collected over the past 50 years!  While you’re sunning yourself this summer, browse our Marketplace page (http://www.lalmba.org/market-place/) and get a head […]

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2014 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report Mission Empowering rural communities in Africa to provide their own people with high quality basic health care, effective public health initiatives, microfinance and support for vulnerable children. We have a special love for children, whom we see not as a burden, but as part of a brilliant […]