Humanity Face to Face

International humanitarianism, perspectives on topics in human rights

Himalayan Heights for Homeless Mutt

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To all my friends who volunteer to walk and foster and otherwise support abandoned pets, especially dogs. Here’s a heart-warming report from TIME about a little stray dog rescued from India. Rupee and his owner reached the highest peak in the world, Mt. Everest, and it is believed that this Himalayan mutt is the first […] [Read More]
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Himalayan Exchange

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  The team, Rupin Valley 2013 New reading glasses! This summer, I had the privilege and the pleasure to volunteer with the Himalayan Health Exchange on a medical/dental trek to the Inner Himalayas. Our team consisted of four medical doctors, 15 medical students and two anthropology professors from all parts of the US and Britain. […] [Read More]
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“Everybody” Helps

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In July, 14 volunteers traveled to Vratsa, Bulgaria, to teach, play and paint at Assen Zlatarov, a social home for 70 children aged 7 to 18 whose families are unable to provide for them. Arranged along with Tabitha Foundation, we want to thank all of the people who donated through Fundrazr. Without your support, we […] [Read More]
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Help Us Brighten Their Home!

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In July, a group of 10 volunteers will travel with Humanitarian Travel Abroad, LLC, to Bulgaria and try, with a little elbow grease and paint, to brighten the home of 90 orphans living in Vratza at “Assen Zlatarov.” About 25 of the children face mental and physical challenges. Our trip is in conjunction with Tabitha […] [Read More]
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How to Narrow the Wage Gap

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Recently, I spoke to the chair of my department at WCSU about offering an independent study opportunity to students. I am teaching medical anthropology, my specialty, on a medical/dental trip to the Inner Himalayas with the Himalayan Health Exchange next June. Having offered travel study courses in the past, I was hoping to streamline the process […] [Read More]
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Health Care and Anthropology in the Inner Himalayas

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In June, I’ll be traveling to the Inner Himalayas with Himalayan Health Exchange on a medical/dental mission to the Rupin Valley (see below). Along with other anthropology professors, I’ll be teaching about non-Western healing traditions, medical anthropology and other aspects of health and illness. Having managed volunteer surgical missions abroad, trekked to remote villages in […] [Read More]
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All a-GLOW

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I just returned from an inspiring couple of weeks in Bulgaria with Leadership Academy GLOW. I traveled with two students from WCSU and Dr. Darla Shaw. We participated in activities with 50 campers, 30peer counselors and three American Peace Corps volunteers. The intensive programs are designed to create community, build self-esteem and teach girls to be […] [Read More]
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WCSU Volunteers ‘GLOW’ in Bulgaria

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In a leadership session this morning with Leadership Academy GLOW (girls leading our world), I learned that a good leader is one who inspires others to accomplish a goal. I guess I’m a good leader! In June, 2013, the Peace Corps will leave Bulgaria and no longer participate in the GLOW program, which they founded […] [Read More]
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