Thanksgiving Over Not Writing (About Some Things)

Don’t be fooled by the title. I’m planning to write over Thanksgiving, and I’m planning to love it. However, I won’t be writing about human trafficking. And that’s something I’m grateful for this year. Leading up to Thanksgiving, I’ve noticed an onslaught of information about human trafficking on the web and in conversation. First there … Continue reading

The Cure for Donor Fatigue: Start with the Soul

Let’s assume you’re one of those people who sets aside money for charitable causes/tithing/etc. When you sit down to write your checks, do you choose devastated and ignored Japan? Famished Africa? Recovering Haiti? Or the cancer walk your niece is helping to plan? If you’re like many people in 2011, you get overwhelmed, annoyed, and … Continue reading

Ways to Help Famine Victims in the Horn of Africa

Somalia and neighboring countries are facing the worst drought in 60 years, which has led to severe famine affecting approximately 10 million people. Hundreds of thousands of people – the majority women and children – have been displaced in the Horn of Africa. As in most cases of humanitarian crisis, one of the best ways … Continue reading

Good News Friday

It’s good news Friday, everyone! Here are some awesome things happening in the world of sojourning peoples. Homeless Group Rebuilds Joplin It always amazes me when people who do not have homes help people rebuild the ones they’ve lost. It’s not exactly uncommon – I remember reading about homeless groups volunteering in New Orleans after … Continue reading

The Way of Generous Love

by Gerard Stolk I got up early for the Royal Wedding this morning. There were a ton of living room lights shining in our building, so I wasn’t alone with my high tea and shortbread. Michael eventually joined me, and we watched the BBC broadcast of the event, which was impressively produced (and, as an … Continue reading

Sendai, Japan

Almost exactly two years ago I got to visit a close friend in Sendai, Japan. I was fortunate that the cherry blossoms were in bloom and the weather was turning quickly from rainy to wonderful. It was certainly a new experience to be there speaking absolutely no Japanese, but my friend was patient with me … Continue reading

The Sound of Music and the Marginalized

Displaced people have a reputation of being primarily non-Western. It is easy in the United States to see them as foreign and other. Then Katrina happens. New Orleans and other Gulf towns get flushed out by the storm and cities from Houston to Boston start taking in the refugees, offering beds and canned food and … Continue reading

Free(ing) Ways to Help Pakistan

Pakistanis, evacuated from flooding – US Army, public domain With the flooding in Pakistan leaving over 6 million people in need of immediate assistance, and over 20 million people affected, it can be easy to become despondent and suffer from paralysis. The country is far away, the people speak a different language, it is such … Continue reading

Forced Migration and Organ Trafficking

Organ trafficking is the theft, via violence or coercion, of human organs in order to sell them or use them for transplant on the black market. The selling of organs in any way is illegal in every country but Iran, where the process is closely monitored. Urban myths abound about some man in Texas or … Continue reading

Life on the Road

Photo: Olav A. Saltbones/Norwegian Red Cross For the last six months, we have read every sad story imaginable about Haiti and its orphans and widows. We have been frustrated alongside relief workers who can’t get supplies into the hardest-hit places. We have felt the confusion of the government, which wants to rebuild but is paralyzed … Continue reading

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