All too often, the perception of the African people presented by various forms of media is one of small children with tear-filled eyes and fractured, skinny bodies barely clinging to life. While these situations certainly exist in places around the continent, they present a distorted view of African people as hopeless rather than hopeful.
In Journey of Hope, author Dorothy M. Leveque, EdD, cofounder of Pathways/Africa, presents a detailed chronicling of her sixteen-day humanitarian trip to Tanzania that showcases her organization’s belief that positive change can happen. These firsthand accounts show that friendship, long-term relationships, and jointly established goals for the use of funds can assist individuals and groups in making significant changes in their daily lives and those around them.
For fans of Greg Mortenson’s Three Cups of Tea and Stones Into Schools, as well as Jeffrey Sachs’s The End of Poverty: How We Can Make It Happen in Our Lifetime, this remarkable journal highlights the beauty and hope that can be found in the lives of the extraordinary peoples of Africa.
Dorothy M. Leveque, EdD, enjoyed a thirty-eight-year career in education in the USA, working as an educator as well as an administrator in a variety of settings.
She is currently the president and CEO of Pathways/Africa, a small nonprofit organization based in Claremont, California, which empowers and assists the people of Africa through the mutual development of sustainable resources for community planning, education, and health services. She also started a literacy program called Pathways to African Literacy (PAL), which raises funds to purchase textbooks for African schools and provides assistance for the establishment of school gardens and feeding programs. As a former member of the Ontario Rotary Club of California and an honorary member of the Newlands Rotary Club of Cape Town, South Africa, she was also successful in helping secure funding for two literacy grants in Cape Town, South Africa.
She is a widow with one stepdaughter and four grandchildren.