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It’s Hard to Answer the Question “How was Your Trip?”

Posted on 03. Apr, 2014 by .

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I returned from the Philippines almost two weeks ago. Just about every day I’ve heard some variation on the same question from friends, colleagues, family members, and people at church: how was your trip? I’m not quite sure how to answer. Sometimes I think people expect me to say “it was great!” (Perhaps that’s my […]

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Why We Continue the Complicated, Messy, Slow Work in Gender

Posted on 14. Mar, 2014 by .

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Earlier this week I had the opportunity to speak about LWR in front of an audience of other non-governmental organization (NGO) workers at the United Nations. It was part of an event at the fifty-eighth session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women. I was invited to talk about LWR’s Learning for Gender […]

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Empowering Communities in India to Overcome Poverty — One Woman at a Time

Posted on 07. Mar, 2014 by .

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Originally posted at the Huffington Post… This International Women’s Day, I want to recognize the women of rural India who are fighting to pull their communities out of poverty — one woman at a time. Women have the power to pull communities out of poverty. During the past year, I have met countless women who […]

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Think a relief operation isn’t a good time to train aid workers on quality and accountability? Think again.

Posted on 21. Feb, 2014 by .

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Originally posted at The Sphere Project. Used with permission. It’s hot. You’re standing in the sweltering sun and have been waiting in line for more than an hour for a relief packet, and you’re not even sure what it contains. No one knows when staff from the aid agency managing the distribution are arriving. Patience […]

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Finding Hope Amidst the Debris of Typhoon Haiyan

Posted on 16. Jan, 2014 by .

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Originally published at the Huffington Post… Two months ago, Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people, damaging or destroying more than one million houses and displacing more than four million people. With heavy rains and winds gusting nearly 200 mph, the storm left a path of death and destruction, affecting an […]

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From 2013 to 2014: Finding Hope in the News

Posted on 03. Jan, 2014 by .

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2014 is already jumping off to a raucous start around the world. Between bitter winter weather around the U.S., armed conflicts in South Sudan, the Central African Republic and Syria, and continuing controversy about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) it could be easy to begin January with a bout of depression. But we believe there […]

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A Thank You from the Field

Posted on 15. Dec, 2013 by .

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Over the past two weeks, I have been traveling around the Philippines with LWR’s staff based there. It’s been an amazing opportunity to see the immense expertise of our field staff, the way they approach their work with both compassion and professionalism. Please view the video below to see a little of what I have […]

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