Saturday, June 15, 2013

lessons I am learning

I struggled with this book.
Why - economics
When it comes to international aid. I am curious.
Curious about the outcomes and successes and the people that have been touched.

I am not an economic guru in fact I have never taken a straight up economics class.
However, I am always up for slicing and dicing data.
Dean Karlan is simply amazing - His ideas and the way that he pushes envelopes to find out the how things interact is simply amazing. (yes redundant I know) Link for additional information
I was almost 2/3 complete and had to jump to the last chapter. I had to hear what he concluded but in the end he offered a few ideas that proven to be true and sound. He raised questions about current practices and what international aid looks like now and where it could go in the future.

Until I figure out exactly what I should be doing (ugh) I will just keep reading and research ==  just keep peeling back the layers!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

not much of an update

Literally, I am all over the board the last few weeks.
Maybe it is the Farah heat.
Maybe it is the hormones.
Maybe the Afghan air.

I am wrestling with the continuing overwhelming urge to make a difference – but I feel like I am wading in quick sand, almost immobile.

Reminder :

June 20th is the United Nations Day World Refugee Day

 and for me witnessing the plight of refugees firsthand in Greece changed me. forver.

Giuseppe La Rosa

The importance of partnerships and friendships.
I only had two conversations with him and frankly I am not even sure what we chatted about. The other folks on our team were closer to his team.
I attended a beautiful Italian Memorial Ceremony for him on Sunday and then watched his arrival into Rome live in the Italian DFAC.
A bit surreal, saddened and restlessness.

Rest in Peace - Giuseppe La Rosa

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Inpired Reading

Inspired Reading

However Long the Night: Molly Melching's Journey to Help Millions of African Women and Girls Triumph

Most of you know my immediate draw to memoirs.

But the biography of Molly Melching is amazing. She is now one of my new heroes.

She spent nearly 40 years in Africa.  She was a pioneer and social entrepreneur and one of humanity's strongest voices for the rights of women and girls. Completely blown away by her life story and the how she embraced women and the complete value that each of brings to the table. She gets it - amazed.

 View the short book trailer here – Link

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