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British International School in New York meets Dogodogo

I was given a warm welcome by Year 6 at the British International School in New York, and their class teacher, Ms Elizabeth Bowie, on November 23rd. The students read the stories of the Dogodogo boys, watched a DVD about the centre, and asked some searching questions about what life is really like for their contemporaries in Africa who are denied even the most basic children’s rights.

Worlds apart? Not any more! Year 6 students at the British International School, New York, reached out to the Dogodogo boys after reading their stories. (Photo by Ms Bowie.)

The children came up with some creative ways to help raise the profile of street children everywhere, promote the book and support the work of the centre. One of them suggested writing a letter to President Obama, enclosing a copy of Dogodogo for his two daughters. 

The positive (and practical) response to the book from BISNY students and their teacher, filled me with hope.

“I hope I can change the world like you have done with the Dogodogo boys.” Piers

 “This book was really inspiring and it made me want to help the Dogodogo boys even more.” Arielle

 “I would fly to Africa just to see you because I would like to see how the boys lives are.” Jacob

 “To me, Dogodogo is another word for hope.” Luccas

 “I really liked the book. It’s a very good book. I hope the Dogodogo boys have a good life.” Faisal

 “All of you have inspired me to do more things to help and I am thinking of ways to spread the word about you and your life stories.” Sophie

 “I hope that I not only can help Dogodogo children but also the whole world.” Sam

 “It was great to read and learn about such inspiring lives. You are all so brave and I hope more people in the world can understand about what obstacles so many children in the world are faced with and help you overcome them.” Ms Bowie

 Perhaps a brighter future lies in store for the Dogodogo boys – and for other street children – after all.


November 25, 2009 at 12:12 pm 1 comment

Dogodogo boys visit David Blunkett and UK

In March 2009, David Blunkett MP collaborated with Lord Amir Bhatia, British Airways and Best Western Hotels to arrange a 5-day visit to the UK for two of the Dogodogo boys, Aloys, 18, and Dickson, 19.

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"We hope that the visit will enrich the global citizenship curriculum in UK schools by encouraging discussion amongst students of both nationalities of important issues such as poverty and children’s rights. It will raise awareness of the problems faced by street children in Tanzania, and promote closer links between schools and youth centres in the two countries.” David Blunkett MP (Photo by Ben Hamilton)


For Aloys’ account of the visit, including tea with Cherie Blair, go to News Page, Tanzanian street children. (Photo by Ben Hamilton)

October 30, 2009 at 9:06 am Leave a comment

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