Humanitarian Work

My current work is with Women’s Centers International. The organization represents the integration of everything I’ve learned about how to assist women in crisis environments. We are creating safe havens where women can gain support and learn the skills necessary to rebuild  lives they want out of the traumas of conflict, abuse and poverty. I began, in earnest, this second most fulfilling work of my life (after being a mom) when my daughter moved to San Francisco to begin her independent life. I visited Rwanda in March, 1998,  four years after the genocide. Every person I met had lost family. The beautiful country felt drenched in sorrow. Below are my journals and selected photos of the journey. Nobody Here but Rwandans

In 2003, I made my first trip to Kenya and southern Sudan, back before it was a country. (Note: I journal during every trip and always take photos. These are being added this week.)

Between 2006 and 2010, I made six trips to Sudan. The first was limited to Khartoum, the second saw me thrown out of Darfur on a paperwork technicality. The other missions took me to Nyala, South Darfur and into the far reaches of North Darfur. Though I kept detailed diaries of those journeys, I understand only incrementally and over time what changes they wrought on my soul. The Darfuris I worked with are family to me. I am mindful every day of the work required to relieve them of the terror inflicted on them  – still, after 11 long years –  by their government.

I  believe that the privilege and burden of knowing creates a duty to act. My small contribution is the continued operation of the Kassab Women’s Center, the model for WCI’s efforts to serve  women living in poverty – a condition that is almost always created by conflict. The most fundamental change fostered by the Center is that more than 200 women now know how to read and write. At Baraka Center in Nairobi, the transformation of over 500 women from poverty-ridden to opportunity-driven has been nothing short of a miracle.  A miracle that deserves to be  – and will be –  seeded globally.

36 thoughts on “Humanitarian Work”

  1. Woah! I’m really enjoying the template/theme of this site. It’s simple, yet effective.

    lot of times it’s difficult to get that “perfect balance” between user friendliness and visual appeal. I must say that you’ve done a
    excellent job with this. Additionally,

    the blog loads extremely quick for me on Safari.

    Exceptional Blog!

  2. Attractive section of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to assert that I acquire in fact enjoyed account your blog posts.
    Anyway I will be subscribing to your feeds and even I achievement you
    access consistently rapidly.

  3. Hello there, I discovered your blog by way of Google while looking for a
    related subject, your web site came up, it appears good.

    I’ve bookmarked it in my google bookmarks.
    Hi there, just became alert to your weblog thru Google, and located that it’s
    truly informative. I am going to watch out for brussels.

    I will be grateful for those who continue this in future.
    A lot of other people can be benefited out of your writing.

  4. Excellent post. Keep posting such kind of information on your page.
    Im really impressed by your site.
    Hey there, You have performed an excellent job.
    I’ll certainly digg it and individually suggest to my friends.
    I’m confident they’ll be benefited from this site.

  5. I do accept as true with all of the concepts you’ve
    presented in your post. They’re really convincing and can definitely work.
    Still, the posts are very brief for newbies.
    May you please prolong them a bit from next time? Thank you for the post.

  6. Hi! I just wanted to ask if you ever have any issues with hackers?
    My last blog (wordpress) was hacked and I ended up losing months of
    hard work due to no data backup. Do you have any methods to
    prevent hackers?

  7. First off I would like to say excellent blog! I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was curious to find out how you center
    yourself and clear your mind before writing. I’ve had a
    hard time clearing my thoughts in getting my thoughts out there.

    I truly do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first 10 to
    15 minutes tend to be lost just trying to figure out how to begin. Any suggestions
    or hints? Thanks!

  8. Excellent post. I used to be checking continuously this blog and
    I’m impressed! Very helpful information specially the ultimate phase 🙂 I
    care for such info much. I used to be looking for this particular info for
    a long time. Thanks and best of luck.

  9. Please let me know if you’re looking for a article writer for your blog.
    You have some really good posts and I believe
    I would be a good asset. If you ever want to take some of
    the load off, I’d absolutely love to write some material
    for your blog in exchange for a link back to mine.
    Please shoot me an email if interested. Thanks!

  10. What’s Going down i am new to this, I stumbled upon this I have found It absolutely useful and it has helped me out loads.
    I hope to contribute & help other customers like its helped me.
    Great job.

  11. Hey, I think your website might be having browser compatibility issues.
    When I look at your blog site in Safari, it looks fine but when opening in Internet Explorer, it has some overlapping.
    I just wanted to give you a quick heads up! Other
    then that, great blog!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: