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What Happens When the World's Poorest People Volunteer?

16 Comments | Posted November 30, 2011 | 16:20:33 (EST)

It's early November, and I'm sitting in the vast auditorium at UniNorte University in Barranquilla, Colombia, listening to Accion Social present on Colombia's extreme poor at the International Association for Volunteer Empowerment (IAVE)'s World Youth Summit. Lesly sits across the aisle from me, now a leadership and empowerment...

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A Revolution Out of Garbage in Haiti

Posted May 22, 2011 | 16:04:38 (EST)

Marche Chempin in Cap Haitian, Haiti is bustling with everyday marketplace activity. To the left, men are hacking pieces of meat surrounded by flies. To the right, tables are littered with soap, deodorant, hair extensions, diapers, and safety pins. The center of the marketplace is a maze of women squatting...

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Stillness in the City that Never Sleeps

Posted April 20, 2011 | 09:29:08 (EST)

Last Sunday, I was in a crowd that is the essence of New York City -- writers and bankers, shopkeepers and taxi drivers, Americans, ex-pats and immigrants. But this time, rather than horns blaring, cell phones demanding our attention, and people in game-face rushing to their next meetings, this mix...

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New Leadership in Haiti

Posted January 31, 2011 | 02:11:14 (EST)

As frustrated Egyptian youth flood the streets in peaceful protest of the country's current leadership, and Hillary Clinton addresses Haiti's uncertain political future, I see the potential of youth to shift the culture of leadership, around the world and in Haiti, from the inside out.

Just...

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Hope in Haiti's Youth

Posted January 12, 2011 | 12:56:50 (EST)

Six weeks ago, I was walking down a steep and rocky road near our Port-au-Prince base in Haiti. For the first time in almost three years of working in Haiti, I was struck by what it truly means to have a country of 70 percent youth. Everywhere I turned there...

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