“An African Revelation with Nicholas Kristof”
Featuring educator and traveler Noreen Connolly.
Noreen Connolly will speak about the amazing and inspiring people she saw after winning a contest to join The New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof on a reporting trip to Africa. Readers who follow Kristof’s column or blog are aware that he spends a lot of time on the ‘Dark Continent’ focusing on what he sees as significant progress—if not dramatic progress, by western standards. Connolly’s trip in the summer of 2011 introduced her to a group of mothers in rural Niger who had been persuaded to exclusively breast feed their infants for the first six months of life, giving them immunities and sparing them the illnesses that come from contaminated water. She met women in Burkina Faso who had begun “cottage gardens,” growing green vegetables and even orange flesh sweet potatoes as a way to give Vitamin A to their children who often suffer from serious deficiencies. In Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, she went to a comprehensive treatment center for people with AIDS, where anti-retroviral drugs were giving people back their lives. Ms. Connolly will explore and expand upon these efforts she saw first-hand in Africa, coming from the inspiring people who live there.
Refreshments will be served. Please join us.