Author Archives: bartoszblog

About bartoszblog

Working as a teacher has taught me about life. Working at the front desk of a hotel taught me a lot about people.

Skateboarding is Cool…Especially in Rwanda!

There is no magic wand for providing effective proactive mental health education. Support for each person is an unique mix of self and community care. As a teacher, this can be hard because we often ask, “What should we do … Continue reading

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Forgiveness & Umuganda

What strikes me about Rwanda is the way forgiveness is viewed as an active process without a concrete end. There is a general belief that forgiveness, while it is agonizing, in its deepest and more pure form, requires work both … Continue reading

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Art Matters

Surrounding ourselves with beauty matters. Art Matters. I appreciate the way cities around the world are embracing street art rather than making it a battling ground that diminishes the powerful messages drawn from public displays of creativity and color. During … Continue reading

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What I Learned from “The Rescuers” in Rwanda

I have never been tested…spoiled to traipse through life with the blissful belief that I am a generally nice person – without a forceful event to determine my commitment to kindness in the face of death. Most Rwandans over the … Continue reading

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Celebrating a Legacy in Senegal

The trauma of losing loved ones is universal and impacts mental health in everyone, but the cultural responses are so unique.  My own life and relationships have often been shaped by grief for lost loved ones, which gives me a personal … Continue reading

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Loving “Teranga” in Senegal

Connecting with Senegalese partners about mental health often lead to similar conversations on the impact of stigma, the challenges of receiving adequate support, and the need to encourage conversations that heighten awareness on this topic. Discussions center on low reporting … Continue reading

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Visiting Accra Psychiatric Hospital

More than once after arriving in Ghana, I was told it was a shame to begin a year-long journey there because I will never meet nicer people in another country. “You should have saved the best for last,” is what … Continue reading

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