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Adventropy: Adventure Philanthropy at Work

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 12:09 PM

1991. On a Yugoslavian train, two young Americans faced one another across a table. Karine had a braid that wove around her shoulders and down her spine as she talked. Kathleen was a petite, voluptuous chain smoker with an acerbic wit and a laugh that started from deep within her...

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Greening the Barrio, Part 8

(0) Comments | Posted February 16, 2009 | 12:26 PM

Our work was nearly complete. Though CFE's permission was still in limbo, a bit more diligence on the website and we would be done.

So why was I headed to an orphanage on Saturday morning when I could have been enjoying some well-earned rest?

I had barely finished my...

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Greening the Barrio, Part 7

(0) Comments | Posted February 10, 2009 | 12:06 PM

Nothing like it had ever happened in the barrio before.

El Presidente, Antonio Astiazaran Gutierrez, the mayor of Guaymas, was coming to Fatima to commemorate the solar panel project. It was ten in the morning, and the schoolchildren whirred around the schoolyard like frenetic hummingbirds. Above them,...

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Greening the Barrio, Part 6

(0) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 9:18 AM

I'd always wanted to swim with dolphins.

Our second day in town, we'd seen them from the deck of Charley's Rock, a San Carlos restaurant with a thatched roof and pale orange walls and an open patio on the second floor from which you could hit golf balls into the...

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Greening the Barrio: Part 5

(1) Comments | Posted February 3, 2009 | 2:19 PM

Jennie Gershater is a petite woman of thirty-two with riveting brown eyes, a pert nose and an athlete's lithe body. The fact that she had joined a group of five hard-charging men in Flagstaff and driven to Mexico in a fetid van with three dogs, multiple video cameras and a...

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Greening the Barrio: Part 4

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2009 | 9:36 AM

If possible, Mike Chase was even more of an outlier to this project than I was: a builder, sculptor and father of two, he had accepted a fifty-hour ride in a van with four men a decade or two younger than him and somehow ended up providing them with housing...

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Greening the Barrio: Part 3

(0) Comments | Posted January 26, 2009 | 9:19 AM

For years, I've been afflicted by the climbing bug, and it has taken me into poverty.
In Tibet, our approach march brought us to the yak-skin walls of a tent that housed a family of five who squatted around a fire while smoldering yak dung, the only fuel,...

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Greening the Barrio: Part 2

(0) Comments | Posted January 23, 2009 | 11:34 AM

Drive. Drive. Drive. At a certain point, when dark has settled in and the comfort of the night closes against the sides of the car, a heaviness lures you to sleep, and you want nothing more than to pull over, get your bag out of the car and let the...

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Greening the Barrio: Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2009 | 10:59 AM

Greenscool is a non-profit organization that installs renewable energy systems and educates children in impoverished schools around the world. Its first initiative, The Guaymas Project, salvaged defunct solar panels from an affluent Mexican retirement community and repurposed them in a nearby barrio school. Daily video, photographic and blog updates...

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