Successful charitable project started with local planning and patience. The instant message popped up on my computer to tell me the nurses graduated. That moment marked the jubilant end to a charitable project that 11 individuals in two countries waited four years to see. The nurses graduated! The accompanying photos — two Haitian women dressed
“Would you like to donate to the Alzheimer’s Association?” asked the school girl at the local supermarket. Her mother watched from nearby, in front of a backdrop of purple and white signs promoting the upcoming walk. I reached into my cashless pockets and apologized. “You can have this bracelet just the same — to make
Part 3 of 3 Part 1: Inside a Refugee Camp: What I Saw Surprised and Haunted Me Part 2: Middle East, Islam, and Veils: It’s Time I Took Responsibility for My Knowledge Three fashionably dressed refugee women spoke to one another in soft shaken tones at the women’s center. Occasionally one of them broke into tears and another would
In Jacmel Haiti, my partner and I shared Spaghetti Thursdays with our friend, orphanage director Danny Pye, and his wife — and their 22 Haitian kids. We turned to that same friend for a nod of approval when we founded our own non-governmental organization (NGO) in a village nearby. And, we heard about
Poverty, Inc. gets my vote as the best documentary film (available on Netflix) in 2016. A good documentary should work like any great film: To challenge: Documentaries provide us knowledge about a part of the world or issue that someone is addressing. In 90 minutes, we can understand the objective and the challenges it faces.
WHY do we travel? We spend most of our time planning the logistics — the where, when, who, and how. Yet, it’s the WHY that provides us the happiness. So, why do my partner, Mike, and I travel? At first, we thought it was just a matter of definition. Travel meant one thing, journey, another.
I demonize the rich when I hear “95 percent of our country’s wealth is held by one percent of the population.” But, one day, I realized a few of the rich are my friends. “I sent 125 pounds of silver to my son to put into three safe deposit boxes,” my octogenarian friend told me
“Doing nothing” is not what one hopes for from today’s high school and college graduates — occasionally, there’s a key lesson learned. “When we went to Haiti, we learned about doing nothing.” At least that’s the way I remember their high school graduation talk began. It wasn’t a reflection on Haiti, but rather, on two over-achieving
Helping others. Throughout the world, there are individuals who reach out to help those in need, offering hope or simply an ear to listen. Some who do choose unique and exciting forms. Two women, one in the US and the other in Haiti, are helping others in ways that are informed by their surrounding culture and, yet, are
Overseas charities create hundreds of projects in developing countries to solve local problems in local ways. Too often we think they are inaccessible to our donor dollars. Here are the reasons and ways to find them. The photograph above makes me feel proud as I helped this Haitian idea become a reality: OPADEL, a