“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
At the refugee camp in Souda Greece, Jen Ottolino’s face reflected the stress she felt while she volunteered. As we skyped, her voice was tight, her affect flat, and her smile missing. Jen, a determined and selfless friend* from Lake Geneva Wisconsin, had spent the last few years at the Good Hope Project in Tanzania, working to improve the organizational infrastructure
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.
“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
The “retirement” population will just about double (13% today; 20% in 2050) in 35 years. If we have these nasty characteristics now, think about them then . . . . It’s mid-morning. I’m at the bank, sitting in a manager’s office, completing paperwork for my account. Through the semi-permanent divider I can hear an older man’s
Donors could help charitable organizations be more effective. We could help non-profits achieve their goals of helping individuals work their way out of poverty and become self-dependent. In essence, we can help developing countries develop if we choose better to whom we give our money.
I felt surprised, frustrated, and disappointed. Our small non-profit had limited money and Lamontay’s schools had great needs — I didn’t understand why their board would spend money on food instead of training.
“Our church raised the money to help build a school there. I’ve never really done construction . . . helped my dad once work on our garage, but I’m sure I can do it. There’re 15 of us, and we’re going to be helping in Haiti for five days.”