Pakistan

The news from Pakistan continues to be so troubling.  Unprecented flooding throughout Pakistan which began in late July has affected more than 20 million people and caused the largest humanitarian crisis in history. Nearly 8.6 million children (almost 50 per cent of the total affected population) are believed to have been affected due to the floods. Large numbers of...

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Ubuntu…

“You know when ubuntu is there, and it is obvious when it is absent.” Desmond Tutu. Ubuntu is a Zulu word that roughly describes community. But more than community – it describes the knowledge of the interconnectedness of people. Desmond Tutu goes on to describe Ubuntu in terms of understanding that our success is when others have success, your failure is...

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Pakistan – long term needs

 Short term or long term support – that is the question in many disasters. The flooding in Pakistan is terrible. We know that almost 2,000 people are now feared dead. More are injured. Crops are ruined. Lives are destroyed for a long time – forever for some. We also know that every disaster – whether earthquakes in Haiti or...

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World Humanitarian Day

Today, August 19th, is designated by the United Nations  as “World Humanitarian Day”. I will be honest – my first reaction was – “so what!”  My first litmus test on these types of designations is to ask what difference it makes. Does it make a bit of difference to people with a disability, living in poverty, that the UN has made...

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Education in Haiti

A quick note from my reading this morning. I saw this article in the New York Times on education in Haiti. The article is highlighting how Haiti’s education system is to be rebult and made stronger. I was struck by the fact that not once was accessibility for children with disabilities was mentioned. There are children today that will not...

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The challenge of "Good to Great"

Last week I attended the Leadership Summit in Toronto. This is a global conference where top speakers talk about their area of expertise. One of the speakers was Jim Collins – author of “Good to Great” and other excellent books. One of his areas of expertise is analysis of what makes some businesses and organizations excel, while others stay...

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Tragedy in Afghanistan

Today I write this with a heavy heart. The news on the weekend of the killing of the medical team in Afghanistan was devastating. It is a tragedy. There is no other way to state it. IAM – International Assistance Mission in Afghanistan – is a partner to Hope and Healing. IAM has been a cbm partner for 30...

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Canada and Malawi

Do you want to hear how it is in Canada growing up with a cleft palate? There is a great essay in today’s Globe and Mail from a woman who grew up in Canada with a cleft palate. The author speaks of the need for the support systems from the community – medical, speech pathologists and teachers. She speaks of the...

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Child Protection and Haiti

Emergencies should not mean relaxing child protection measures! There is a New York Times article today that says how the United States relaxed its child protection laws to accommodate adoptions from Haiti after the January earthquake. You can read the article here. First let me say – the intent is good. However, our experience in cbm is that children...

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