Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Tag Archives: humanitarian relief

Our Fuel-Efficient Stove Project Success

To add even more excitement to this week’s whirlwind, I just read “Stove designed by US national lab improves lives in Darfur” about how the fuel-efficient stove project my husband … Continue reading

June 2, 2012 · 11 Comments

Painful Memories in Banda Aceh – Indonesia

Today my thoughts are with our friends in Banda Aceh, Indonesia who suffered yet another earthquake last night at a magnitude of 8.6 and an aftershock at 8.3. Although there … Continue reading

April 11, 2012 · 3 Comments

Honeymoon in Darfur – Curious Kids in Gusa Village

Just as the long shadows of the day’s end ushered in a welcoming coolness to the desert, our days in Kass were beginning to wind down, too, bringing a welcomed … Continue reading

April 5, 2012 · 4 Comments

Honeymoon in Darfur – Livestock and Agriculture

How do I sum up some aspects of our work without oversimplifying the issues that Darfurians suffer year in and year out? And how can I describe the feeling of … Continue reading

April 2, 2012 · 4 Comments

Honeymoon in Darfur – New Shelters

As an IDP you are a refugee in your own country living in a camp with other people who have faced similar atrocities. Some of those people are probably the … Continue reading

March 22, 2012 · Leave a comment

Honeymoon in Darfur – Women’s Center

A lot of people ask me what it felt like to work in IDP camps and how I handled the emotions that came with working in such harsh conditions and … Continue reading

March 21, 2012 · 4 Comments

Honeymoon in Darfur – Latrine Rehabilitation

When our program staff arrived in Kass, they were eager to get started. Their enthusiasm was a good thing, too, because our mandate was to set up these programs as … Continue reading

March 20, 2012 · 7 Comments

Honeymoon in Darfur – Setting Up and Settling In

Kass really was the middle of no where. Viewed from a distance, the town just looked like part of the dry savannah landscape we had traveled over, a few straw-roofed … Continue reading

March 18, 2012 · 9 Comments

Honeymoon in Darfur – Our Humble Abode

As I mentioned in a previous post, the major changes I made in my life ten years ago eventually led me to the things I had always dreamed of doing, … Continue reading

March 16, 2012 · 23 Comments

The Common Thread of Laughter – Sudan

My husband and I are currently learning the Lao language and we spend 2-3 hours everyday having conversations with our teacher (who is from Laos) speaking only in Lao, five … Continue reading

February 10, 2012 · 1 Comment

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