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Grade Three: Rise of The Order

Posted October 14, 2010 | 17:37:08 (EST)

It started in Grade Three. When the leaves in the forest next to the school grounds exploded in degradations of red.

Somehow the simplicity of previous school years had changed, giving way to an ominous feeling deep in my stomach.

At recess, I would watch the head girls, a band...

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'I Love Here' Ball is Only Five Weeks Away - My First Video Diary

Posted June 17, 2010 | 14:07:00 (EST)

Hi. My name is Mia Kirshner and I am the Director of I Live Here. I wanted to make a video diary as the I Live Here Projects are at a crucial stage in our development.

We are five weeks away from our current fundraising event...

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Freedom in Malawi, With Questions for the Future

Posted May 30, 2010 | 13:56:59 (EST)

Read Mia Kirshner's original post following the trial of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

The president of Malawi, Bingu wa Mutharika, has issued an unconditional pardon for for Steven Monjeza, 26, and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, 33,

Both men had been sentenced to fourteen years in prison, the maximum penalty...

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Gay Couple in Malawi Found Guilty....of What?

Posted May 18, 2010 | 13:07:24 (EST)

Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga were found guilty today.

Guilty of what?

The crimes in which they are charged are in direct opposition to the constitution in Malawi, which clearly states "Discrimination of persons in any form is prohibited and all persons are, under any law, guaranteed equal and effective...

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Malawi Gay Couple To Be Imprisoned: I Will No Longer Keep Quiet

Posted May 14, 2010 | 21:30:19 (EST)

Read Mia's follow-up post on the conviction of Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga.

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My name is Mia Kirshner and I am the director of I Live Here Projects. The aim of our organization is to provide urgent care to communities that have slipped through the cracks....

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Women: The Oil That Turns the Wheels for 'I Live Here'

Posted March 8, 2010 | 21:28:21 (EST)

This post was written with contributions from Erica Solomon and Judy Battaglia, both directors for the I Live Here foundation.

Mia Kirshner: The oil that turns the wheels of I Live Here Projects are women who volunteer for I Live Here. The projects are a series of book...

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Returning to High School for the I Live Here Projects

Posted January 29, 2010 | 16:52:46 (EST)

When I was in High school I was sure of three things.

1.People were assholes

2. All blond girls had perfect skin

3. Todd L, for sure, didn't want to be my boyfriend.

This and a steady diet of saltines and oranges, led curiously to my burgeoning interest in human...

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Lessons In Falling: Growing Up In Malawi Prison

Posted October 12, 2009 | 22:46:21 (EST)

This is a story about a mistake.

Kachere is a condemned building. Kachere is near a crowded market, where at lunchtime, you can hear the call of prayer from a mosque that shadows this prison. Kachere is small. So small that most of its young inhabitants remain secrets. When...

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I Live Here: My Story

Posted August 22, 2009 | 12:16:40 (EST)

I traveled to Malawi in January of 2005. It was my first time in Sub-Saharan Africa, a place which felt like an obscure Narnia. I found myself in Kachere Juvenile Prison, located in Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. I was there with my co-writer, James MacKinnon, to collect material for...

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