Rebeka Ramangamihanta

August 31, 2015

Looking Back and Going Forward: Refreshed for Senior Year!

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Looking back, I would say my fall semester junior year was my hardest semester so far. You would think it would have been my very first semester when I arrived at Lafayette, barely speaking English. My first semester was tough because I had a lot of trouble writing and speaking English. I had translated sentences […]

August 24, 2015

Symposium on National Policy on Gender Development in Madagascar

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Who would have thought that one day I would participate in a policy making symposium on gender development in Madagascar in the summer of my junior year of college? I have always been very interested in gender empowerment since childhood because of injustices and inequalities that I saw every day between men and women in Madagascar. […]

August 19, 2015

Exploring Madagascar

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Hello everyone, I would like to share with you about my summer, which by the way is already ending since I am now back on campus. Right after my semester abroad in Dakar, Senegal, I went back home, to Madagascar, to intern at UNICEF Madagascar but also to spend time with my family. I had two weeks of […]

July 15, 2015

Ten Facts About Senegal Continued (6 facts in this post)

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In the beginning of my spring semester in Senegal, I opened up my blog with a entry called “10 facts about Senegal,” but I actually only wrote four of them. I planned to write the six other ones along the semester, which I will be doing in this entry. Now that I am thinking about […]

April 24, 2015

Toubab or not

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I never thought I will be called a “toubab” in my life but I guess it depends on what one defines as a toubab. Everyone is always going to be a toubab somewhere and at some point of his or her life. Here in Senegal, a toubab is “foreigner” and it is most often attributed […]

April 13, 2015

Universal Games

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When I think about universal games, I have in mind newly created video games and consoles: wii, ps3, nitendo DS, Warcraft… Anywhere around the world, if you talk about these games, people who heard about these would know what you are talking about because of globalization. I have never thought however that I would find […]

April 5, 2015

Is life worth more in developed nations?

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In the beginning of this semester I was asked to write an essay defining “Development” for my development practicum class. As an economics major, I started going on about GDP per capita, industrialization of sectors of the economy, agriculture and so forth. My peers related to their experience in the United States and France and […]

March 12, 2015

Weekend in Dakar

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I started my weekend well. I was at one of the social centers we work with and learning embroidering, which I was pretty horrible at. One of the girls in the center whose name is Oumou taught me… I was doing it right apparently, but not really since I made it too tight.     […]

March 4, 2015

Saint-Louis: Spring Break

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After our adventure/misadventure in the Gambian boarder, A friend of mine and I thought we could get some real rest inside of Senegal for spring break. We decided to go to the north of Senegal for the rest of the week in Saint-Louis. We left on Wednesday.   Here we are at this calm, beautiful and […]

February 20, 2015

Culture d’Enfance (Internship) and Toubab Dialaw

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Asalam Alekuem everyone! I started my internship two weeks ago and it has been a blessing to work for a non-profit organization called Culture d’Enfance. It was started by a few great women and men who felt the need for the children of Senegal to have access to hobbies and cultural experiences. The main purpose […]