This girl, whose name I unfortunately can’t remember, was standing outside a community library that offered social and educational programs in Trench Town. Almost directly behind me as I took this photo was Bob Marley’s small ‘government yard’ house in the community.
I was in Kingston to write a few stories and make a video about a project Cuso supported that helped kids navigate – both legally and emotionally – through the court system.
These women were meeting to voice their concerns about their lack of voice in municipal government decision-making.
I was in Northwest Cameroon to write stories on projects that support women through microcredit, small business training, democracy education, and advocacy for widows.
Shortly after taking this photo, I tried to play a bit of pick-up soccer with this boy and his friends. Try is the word, as they ran (literal) circles around me.
I went to Ghana a few times to write stories and create radio pieces on projects ranging from microcredit to using sport for development to judicial reform.
I also wrote a travel story called The Whitewashed Stone.
This is Ahmorn on her organic rice farm. I was involved with the Nova Scotia Environment & Development Coalition, which had a solidarity project with environment and community groups in Thailand. We were able to send several farmers to visit successful organic farms in other parts of Asia, and brought a few farmers to Nova Scotia as well.
Thailand was my second volunteer stint abroad, but a shorter posting. I was there supporting the Nova Scotia-Thailand solidarity project, as well as write articles for a Canadian audience on topics including sustainable development, community-based tourism, farming and fair trade.