Support Universal Promise

Lydia B. ’17 is raising funds to renovate a medical clinic and school in Nomanthamsanqa, Addo, South Africa, through Universal Promise (UP). Lydia traveled with UP to South Africa last summer, supported by a Class of ’48 Award.


“This summer I had the rewarding opportunity to work with an organization called Universal Promise (“UP”) in its mission of improving the lives of children and families in the township of Nomanthamsanqa in Addo, South Africa. UP works with local schools to improve the quality of education of local children by renovating and improving classrooms, creating computer labs, setting up scholarships for young students, sponsoring school sports teams, and  providing clean and healthy drinking water systems – all things that it are easy for us to take for granted but that were previously absent in this community, which was ravaged by decades of the effects of apartheid. UP also sponsors a women’s empowerment initiative that provides health care counseling and encourages financial literacy and independence. 

 I worked with the wonderful children in the schools and also had the richly rewarding experience of interviewing the residents of a Town called Moli for a video that I am making about the story of its people, who were “temporarily” displaced from their homes almost twenty years ago to make space for citrus farms and relocated to what had been a garbage dump skirting a cemetery. Unfortunately, they never received the permanent housing promised to them by the government. These people are wonderful, warm and grateful, and they need your help.

 I would be deeply grateful if you would consider making a contribution, in any amount, to this important cause. Your donation will go directly to help these people and can make a great difference in the lives of the children and families of Nomanthamsanqua. We have a fundraising goal of $15,000. Thank you very much for your help.” -Lydia

The Path, a poem


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As part of middle school’s preparation for Sarah Kay’s event here today, seventh graders have been writing poetry. In class, they read poetry like Langston Hughes’ “Mother to Son” and various Sarah Kay poems. Seventh graders also wrote their own poems with metaphors. We’re pleased to … Continue reading

Ladies’ Night Out: festivities & friendship in newly renovated library

dsc_0254By Meg Tunnicliffe P’21

What happens when you combine the beautifully reimagined Walter Jones library space with the women of Moses Brown? You get a festive night filled with fun and friendship!

Ladies’ Night Out is a long-standing tradition at MB – a time for all the female staff, teachers, parents, guardians, etc. to connect and have a casual celebration. This past September 28 was no exception. After weeks of planning and anticipation, the community came together and had a wonderful time.

The refurbished Walter Jones Library was the perfect spot. Warm and inviting, everyone dsc_0257felt comfortable and welcome. Add some simple fall décor and you’ve got a delightful gathering spot. Hors d’oeuvres were delicious and easy to handle, no need for plates and silverware when you’re with friends.

Keeping with our “library” theme was fun and easy. Anne Krive and Ruffin Powell, our fantastic librarians, loaned us their inviting space and had book recommendations available. A community book swap was a fun addition to the night as well, helping the ladies to meet new friends and get a great book at the same time!

Thanks to the generosity of the community, including Dawn Tripp, Elizabeth Lane, Mindy dsc_0259Cox, the Development and Alumni Relations office and the Moses Brown Bookstore, wonderful door prizes added a nice surprise to the evening.

With help from a tremendous planning committee and friends – Laura Phillips, Lisa Donahue, Charlene Cassese, Susan Plumb and Kimmy Samways – the night went off without a hitch. It was fantastic to see so many old and new friends join together for a comfortable night of conversation and relaxation.

“A reader has to read”:  Melinda Van Lare’s students bring it home


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Some of the most exciting and personal academic work at Moses Brown has emerged from the faculty cohort plan, a professional development and evaluation program. In a year of transformational study, a cohort of veteran teachers sets goals, serves as … Continue reading