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Photo Essay: Elizabeth’s Day at the Dorm

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Elizabeth, known to her friends as Eli, shows us what a day is like for an STF Scholar at the Sacred Valley Project in Peru. All photos by Kate Lord. Click here to see a photo essay of a day Continue reading


STF Scholars in Peru and Guatemala Connect en Español

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One of the most exciting things about the growth of She’s the First is watching our partners and scholars develop our network, whether through skill sharing among the directors or letters among the scholars themselves. While in Peru this week, Continue reading


Our Partner in Peru is Building a Bakery

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If you were to visit the Sacred Valley Project in Peru this month, you’d be greeted with a field of adobe bricks baking in the sun. They’re awaiting their fate as the future building of SVP’s newest project: a bakery. Continue reading


Visiting Our Partners in Peru, Where a Dormitory Makes Education Possible

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When your family lives in the highlands of Peru, getting to school can be quite a challenge — especially when the only secondary schools are accessible by walking for hours on end. That’s why the Sacred Valley Project (SVP), our partner in Ollantaytambo, Peru, Continue reading


Food in The Gambia — And How to Make Tumeric Chicken

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One of the most fascinating (and delicious) parts of visiting with our partners around the world is learning first-hand what our scholars eat. As STF’s Director of International Operations, I’d be amiss if I didn’t thoroughly study all the culinary Continue reading

STF Scholars in The Gambia clapping

STF Scholars In The Gambia Sing The Starfish Anthem

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For the last two weeks, the STF team has been visiting with Starfish International, our partner in The Gambia, West Africa. (Have you been following along on Instagram and Facebook?) When we landed, the girls greeted us in the same Continue reading


Photo Essay: Sintayehu at Home

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Sintayehu, an 18-year-old STF Scholar in Ethiopia, offered to show us where she lived before coming to Selamta Family Project, our partner program in Addis. In this photo essay, we walk you through that experience, as we experienced it with Continue reading


STF in Ethiopia: We Visited the National Museum with Tizita

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Today was our first cultural day in Addis, and we used it to visit the National Museum. All students had the day off from school today, since it’s Eid al-Adha [Editor’s Note: This post was written on 10/15], so we Continue reading

Photo by Kate Lord

STF in Ethiopia: Visiting Scholars at Home

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Visiting our scholars at home in Ethiopia is quite different from home visits elsewhere, since at each home there are 8-10 kids of all ages, all competing for our attention. But I think we managed pretty well! Of course, bringing Continue reading

The Bishangari house poses for a family portrait. Sentayehu (back row, left), Meseret (left in tie-dye), and Lidet (center in red) are all STF Scholars.

STF in Ethiopia: We’ve Arrived!

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We made it to the final leg of our trip: Ethiopia! Here, we partner with the Selamta Family Project in Addis Ababa, where they take in orphans and the children of HIV victims and place them into family-structured homes. Each Continue reading

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