Posted on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 4:12 pm
Guest blogger Kevin Fortuna visits a Child Friendly Spaces Center managed by Concern in Haiti. Photo: Haiti, Concern Worldwide
By Guest Blogger, Kevin Fortuna, Concern US Board Member
We met at JFK airport just after sunrise, the six of us: two staffers from Concern Worldwide (a large international charity), three supporters, and me. We were all a little anxious, having digested both the recommended dosage of anti-malaria drugs as well as the federal security warnings that basically told us not to do what we were about to do.
The flight took less than three hours, about the length of time it takes to get from New York City to Miami. But instead of a first-world American city on the other side of that flight, we stepped off into a place the world has forgotten, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011 at 3:57 pm
By Joseph Scott, Communications Officer – Malawi
Kachigamba, a member of Concern's irrigation group in Chitukula, Malawi. Photo: Malawi, Concern Worldwide
The month of January is usually the busiest in Chitukula, an agricultural community situated in rural Lilongwe in central Malawi. With the onset of the rains, most farmers in Chitukula are busy in their fields determined to make the most out of the heavy rainfall.
Contrary to the surrounding hub of activity, Wellington Kachigamba’s pace (46) has slowed. On this usually labor-intensive Wednesday morning, he sits with legs outstretched on his tobacco shed verandah whilst stringing together his first crop of tobacco into bunches for drying. He looks up at the hundred or so bunches perched on the trusses of the shed and smiles with satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry »