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To Africa with a Dream
by Olga Marlin   

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Publisher:  Boissevain Books ISBN-10:  0984523227 Type: 


Copyright:  2011 ISBN-13:  978098452322

To Africa with a Dream
To Africa with a Dream
Boissevain Books

In the late 1950s, Opus Dei sought to begin apostolic work in Africa. A group of young women from various countries moved to Kenya with the aim of starting a school, one open to women of all races and beliefs, the first of its kind. Olga Marlin, who was one of those young women, tells the story of how the womens' faith in their mission was sustained despite obstacles and ultimately bore fruit.

Olga Marlin was born in New York City on November 12, 1934 and studied modern languages at Trinity College Dublin, from which she received her MA degree in 1956. She also holds a H.Dip.Ed. from University College Dublin. Ms. Marlin is a founding member of Kianda School, Nairobi, Kenya, which started as Kianda Secretarial College. It was the first multi-racial girls' school in East Africa. She is also a member of the Strathmore University Council.


At last the jet landed at Embakasi Airport. When it came to a halt we took down the carry-on luggage and jostled our way to the narrow exit, where we were met by a wave of hot, dry air. The immense expanse of clear, blue sky, with here and there thin wisps of cloud, stretched away on all sides and seemed much higher than in Europe. Around us as far as the eye could see lay dry yellow plains. There was a great stillness, broken only by an occasional shout or the cry of a bird. Mary took a deep breath. “The air feels good here, clean and kind of exhilarating,” she said. I was overwhelmed by my responsibility for this little group just arriving to start working on an unfamiliar continent…

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