"One more time ... We love LIME 💚!"

Author: Ivan Evtimov

Ivan Evtimov

Hello! My name is Ivan Evtimov and I am a Computer Science major in the class of 2017 at Lafayette college. I hail from a small town called Sevlievo located in central Bulgaria. On campus, I am involved in the International Students’ Association and serve as a Resident Advisor in a first-year community. What I have enjoyed most about these activities is that I was able to meet and work with fellow students from very different backgrounds. Along these lines, I was excited to visit Madagascar and get to know the LIME members and to hear their stories. Most importantly, however, I was inspired by the dedication that all these students showed. I believe all of them will achieve great things and look forward to being with them along the way.

You can reach me via email (evtimovi@lafayette.edu) or on Facebook: facebook.com/ivan.evtimov5 Don’t be afraid to chat with me!

Alexis Grandy


Tonga soa e!

I’m Alexis Grandy. I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2017 from Philadelphia and am studying Psychology. I love being apart of LIME because it is crucial to mentor students and equip them with the necessary skills for SAT and TOEFL. This results in some students coming to America to get an education, which is tremendous because they will be able to use the knowledge that they gain here to make a positive impact back home. Working with the students has been a delight and I am eager to see more students studying in the U.S.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me!
Email: grandya@lafayette.edu

Flavia Umulisa

Hello everyone! My name is Flavia Umulisa and I am from Kigali, Rwanda. I am class of 2017, majoring in International Affairs with a minor in Economics. The opportunity of mentoring Malagasy students remains to be an incomparable one. It’s one of college’s most valuable experiences to be able to spend three weeks with students who are highly dedicated and committed to achieve the dream of pursuing their college education in the US. I am looking forward to proceeding this journey with them and I cant wait to celebrate their success.

Please feel free to email me at umulisaf@lafayette.edu. Thank you

Katim Woldemariam




Hi! I am Katim Woldemariam. I am Lafayette College’s Class of 2017 from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. I am an Economics and Government & Law double major. I am a Resident Advisor and serve on the boards of the International Students Association and the Lafayette African and Caribbean Students Association. I loved every minute of being in Madagascar. Meeting the amazing students and getting to know them was a very rewarding experience. I can’t wait to welcome them when they come to the U.S.

Please feel free to email me at woldemak@lafayette.edu or connect on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katimtwm

If Rocks Could Talk


by Chrispin Otondi (LIME 2011)

If rocks could talk they would have a lot to tell
Of ages and ages long ago when the deep waters submerged them
Down into the depths of the valleys
And the hills all attained nourishment from their very still depths
Hills extensive, and majestic, thickly covered with undergrowth and trees
They would tell of the inhabitants of the land
Of kings and queens. If the palace walls could but speak
Then the story of young Fidi who gave up self to lie
Beneath royalty that family may survive
No longer strive but thrive in ancient Madagascar would be told
Tales of men and women who at dawn awoke and sharpened the farm tools on these very same rocks.  Then off …..
To the padded rice fields , Zebus in hand, strong bulls
To till the land to sustain the clan, everyone to their fill
Pita pata grrr gra! Till dusk filling the fields with murky water.
At the beach, the great rock that once was but now is but all pebbles.
Still mum it can no longer be but its story it will tell
Of the first traveler from foreign lands: Indonesia, Malaysia
Who to Madagasikara coast came, bringing spices, fusing cultures
On boats, some big with cloth. And the inhabitants how they welcomed them
The tomb rocks, brightly colored would then boast
Of famadiana and how priceless it holds the one on who at its bossom lays
And how last season the village thronged at its feet
To pay homage to the bones of one no longer of this time and place
And the dances, graceful, sleek and in tune, that its eyes beheld
So let the rocks remain mum and forever never speak
For tales long forgotten in history books, dusty in libraries old
There should they stay never to be told and the culture they hold to erode
For men must speak and on rocks tread
Such is the way of the world

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