Author Archives: Dr. Caban-Vazquez

Safe in Nairobi


We had a wonderful flight. It was nice to spend some time in Amsterdam to gear up for the next leg of our journey to Kenya. Dutch is such a beautiful language…it reminds me a little of German.

Today we are in Nairobi getting ready to meet with the small grassroots organization director that will serve as a guide for our work with TNI. Tomorrow we are getting ready for the four hour trip. We are making sure we have plenty of water for our two week stay. I wonder if I will be able to sleep tonight. I’m counting the hours.

Packed and Planning Ahead


The public health and educational disparities that affect child brides fleeing from female genital makes my “teacher’s heart” cry out for change. These girls don’t want to get married…they want to go to school. The minute they become a child bride, they lose an education! As a school teacher going on this trip, I have learned that I may not be a public health expert, but my desire to give children a chance to LEARN is what can truly make a difference. This is where I fit in as an educational researcher…I will not second guess myself… but walk boldly in faith that God can use me as an instrument for global educational change.

I have all of my research materials printed and packed. I can’t wait to see the girls and to meet the director of the Girls’ Refuge Shelter in Kenya.  The program evaluation that our SCWB team will conduct is a charitable contribution that will serve the TNI Kenyan grassroots organization.  It is an honor to serve in this capacity.

I am more honored to travel with Elizabeth. Believe me when I say… I have seen Elizabeth in action at the Charity Red Carpet Event in New York.  She shared so many compelling narratives regarding the tragic impact of female genital mutilation (FGM).  By the end of the evening, the benefit participants walked away eager to learn more about this cause and how we can all help.  If you want to read more…visit and go to the BLOG page sharing more about FGM.

Don’t worry…in October…Social Changers without Borders, Inc. will have another event. A wine-tasting and silent auction that will showcase pictures and video from our work in Kenya.  When I get more information, I will post it on our Friends of Social Changers website.



In less than a week, Elizabeth and I will be flying from Amsterdam and landing in Nairobi to meet with one of the program coordinators from the Equality Now office.  She will be our liason for the program evaluation work we will do in TNI.  Wow…it is only days away.  I’m praying for so many things…cultural understanding, prime research conditions, and our well being.

Female Genital Mutilation among the Maasai of KenyaCollaborative project with Equality Now. Click the link for more information:

Program Evaluators & Researchers: Elizabeth Ndubisi-Ukandu, Dr. Vilma Caban-Vazquez, Ed.D and Dr. Tom Diamond, Ph.d