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THERE is a quiet strength going on every day, accomplishing more than we might imagine. Years ago, for example, a lone Kenyan woman, Wangari Maathai, began planting trees in a dry, lifeless area of Kenya. Some forty years later, 51 million trees fill the landscape of central Africa and have restored the livelihoods of countless people. Her trust that that first tree could bring back rich soil, normal rainfall, and flowing rivers met with mockery. Thank goodness for her quiet strength.  This month we share other stories at their “first tree” stage, filled with that same quiet strength. Thank you for yours. 
                                                                                                — Mrs.Chips  

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Could you repeat that?

    “Choose to challenge the notion that the past must be prolonged.” 
              
Shabana, SOLA  
        (School of Leadership,
                         Afghanistan)


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3> A proud moment

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4> Ever brave wives

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5> The best of Afghanistan


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6> A complete woman


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7> A better answer


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8> She went to the most violent town to BE peace


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9> Swan Lake for real swans


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 ©InterestEng. July 2013 - July 2021 §  The stories in the magazine portion of the site are written by English language learners. Stories are corrected by a native English speaker.  § Photos are staff photos or used with permission.  §  To contact us:  go.gently.on@gmail.com