Discriminate This

Let us talk about discrimination. Let us talk about being categorized, labeled, branded, or generalized – Muslim, Jew, Christian, black, brown, Asian, Indian, fat, gay, native, nerd, Abo, and more. Let us talk about grouping people based on the color of their skin, the religion they practiced, the … [Read more...]

Walk The Talk

For those who survived the aftermath of Yolanda (known as Haiyan internationally), they walked. They walked kilometers of roads leading elsewhere. Anywhere far from where loved ones were snatched from them with a clean swipe of those cruel waves. It was painful for them to look back at the wreck, … [Read more...]

Why Not

Let’s acknowledge it. Women are weavers of the social fabric of our communities. Everyday, a woman surmounts incalculable challenges – preparing meals, breastfeeding a child, giving birth, laboring to put food on the table, nursing the sick, helping with the homework, dealing with the teenage … [Read more...]

We Are Humanitarians

August 19 is just around the corner, Humanitarian Day, and for a country that celebrates a minimum of twenty-eight (Yes, 28! excluding local observances) holidays  a year, it will probably go unnoticed. But, for thousands of aid workers out there, this day is worth celebrating. While lazing about … [Read more...]

What Next?

The biggest challenge that development workers are confronting seven months after Haiyan struck is finding durable solutions – durable in a sense that people reside in permanent shelters, that they have access to sustainable livelihood and education, that their rights to survival is not hampered by … [Read more...]