An immigrant moves for many reasons — most are economic. Dad, an immigrant from South America, arrived in New York City in 1948. When I asked why he traveled so far from his birthplace, he always answered the same, “I wanted to see snow.” Though the snow Dad described so sweetly did not compare to
Career Day — do you remember yours? Career Day exposes students to future professional opportunities. It offers new insight to those occupations. It conveys the professionalism of business life — our appearance, ability to follow instruction, punctuality. And, it offers the students a real-life glimpse of why they have attended school for so many years
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
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.
“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
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
When volunteering overseas, there are many lessons to be learned. This was my first. It was big. And it came almost at the loss of an innocent child. I have a photo of a Haitian baby. He has loose, wavy black hair and coffee-colored skin. His body is long and thin, but he has a big round
Just a small event of nature … is it a metaphor for international relations?