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The Thirteenth Day: Reflections from Two Weeks in Africa

Over a month ago we returned from our yearly trip to Africa. In some ways it feels like we’ve just returned and in other ways it feels like a lifetime since the trip. Either way, we left behind old and new friends, smiling faces and a team that we believe in. On day thirteen of…

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Why Do We Go to Africa?

As our team prepares to travel to Africa this week, many of us have been asked some form of the question: “Why are you going?” On a practical level, it’s a different reason for each of us. Some of us are engineers, whose participation will help our team further develop our solar program. Others are…

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These 5 Students Will Change the Course of Tomorrow

  As a group of young people, we love working with students who are also passionate about service work. Our fall interns have been a driving force behind many of our projects and share our need to create a better world. We want to introduce you to these five high school and college students who…

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How an Email Typo Led to an 8 Year Old Charity

  As All We Are celebrates a birthday today and with my 25th Birthday only a few weeks away, I have enjoyed reflecting on the humble beginnings of our organization. In fact, I filtered through old emails and found the conversation eight years ago that started it all. With how saturated our news outlets currently are,…

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Why Does Solar Matter?

  If you follow All We Are, you’ve probably heard of our solar program, Solarize Uganda Now (SUN). Our goal with SUN is to bring solar energy to 50 schools over the next 10 years, providing a cheap and clean light source for thousands of African students. So that sounds great, but maybe you’re still…

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5 Lessons on How to Run a Nonprofit

Have you ever been the new kid on the block? That’s how I felt when I stepped into a role at All We Are, first as a project engineer and now as fundraising director.  By simply getting started two years ago, I have learned a lot about nonprofit work and myself. I’m happy that I…

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Risk it or Regret it: Life Advice from a Century of Living

What would you do if you could do it over again? Imagine answering that question after living nearly a century of life. What would you say? What did you do right, and what do you wish you could have a second chance at? Last week at church, my pastor talked about a sermon given by well-known…

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Nonprofit Challenge: The Logistics of Transporting Aid to Developing Countries

All We Are’s mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals in developing countries, specifically focusing on bringing aid to Africa. As is the case with any worthwhile goal, we face several obstacles when it comes to providing help to these places. One of the biggest obstacles we face is the logistics and transportation…

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The Role of Trust in Running a Nonprofit

If you open a dictionary, trust is defined as “the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, and effective.” For All We Are, trust is working with partners in Uganda that are mutually aligned with our beliefs and goals. Take a second to think about that—we are working with people born and raised…

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