I am an Associate Professor of Education at Salve Regina University located in Newport, Rhode Island. In the year 2005 I began traveling to East Africa during the summer in order to work with AIDS orphans in the African country of Kenya and then as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of East Africa located in the capital city of Nairobi, Kenya. Last summer and this one I agreed to spend the month of June in the East African country of Uganda and serve as a visiting professor at Kyambogo University located in the capital city of Kampala. My research deal with the effects of trauma on children especially during  the twenty year civil war in Northern Uganda

Many colleagues and university students in both the United States and in East Africa urged me to write down my research, history of this region,  and explain the critical issues that are not discussed on the evening news. So eventually once I got to Kyambogo I began writing about the real issues facing East and Central Africa.  My blog posts are not short blurbs but thorough investigations of the most recent facts and evidence I am able to gather from legitimate new sources, reports, and first-hand accounts from friends and drivers in these countries . I check, recheck, and record all of my references but do not place them into the blog  because it prevents my African students from reading the articles for meaning. A Ugandan colleague once told me that my blog is the new” campfire” because it is a place where the young can go to hear the news from their “elders”. For generations the young  settled around the evening campfire to hear their grandparents retell the stories of their tribe, discuss important issues, and pass down the history of East Africa.  But as the evening campfire is replaced by electricity, television, and computers, just  where do the young go to hear about the past and prepare for the future? My wish for you all is that you read my articles well then think about your part in these issues and if any one of them inspires you to act then I am content.

Asante Sana, Kat Nickerson


One Response to “About”

  1. Ron Tracy May 13, 2014 at 1:40 pm #

    Hi Kat!

    Let me start by saying how grateful I am for the work that you’re doing in support of Africa and for this blog.

    I’m currently working to launch a nonprofit here in the states, Share One Hour (www.shareonehour.org), in support of the Alpha Association pour le Développement des Enfants in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (http://www.aade-ngo.org).

    I’d like permission to use the statistics and other text used in your postings on our site. I will be sure to reference you as the source when such material is used.

    I look forward to hearing back from you and thanks again for all you’re doing.

    Kind regards,


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