Category Archives: Humanitarian

SWOT/Recruitment Workshop

Last week my colleague Ashley Laracy and I gave a Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) workshop at Bac Thang Long college in Hanoi. We compared some of the findings another volunteer did in 2013 with the findings of my recent stakeholder interviews. For … Continue reading

Newsletter Profile: UN Women in the Pacific

Prior to leaving for Vietnam, I did some e-volunteering for UN Women in the Pacific Islands. Here is a profile of me they recently featured in their newsletter…

Cabbages and Condoms

Here’s a new piece I wrote for the Innovate Development website on the Cabbages and Condoms restaurant in Bangkok. Go there if you get a chance and support a great NGO while having a delicious meal!

My post on Hoa Sua Resturant for Innovate Development

A wonderful spot just around the corner from where I live. I wrote about it for the Innovate Develoment website. Check it out!

WUSC, Uniterra and My Mandate in Vietnam

The walk from the cool Hanoi airport into a waiting cab was the first warning. It was 37C with 85% humidity. Hanoi in July is not for the faint of heart. I’ve been here five days now and am slowly … Continue reading

My podcast about Swaziland and Ethiopia

Following is a link to a podcast I did with Michael McCarthy, a writer and radio personality who lives in Vancouver. I met Michael on a trip to Louisiana and was really impressed with his travels and his efforts to … Continue reading

Back to See the Girls of Swaziland

Little did I know I’d be returning to Swaziland in less than a year! Crossroads sent me back in March for two weeks. It was great to get out of the polar vortex of Canada, but Swaziland was Noah’s Arc. … Continue reading

Livi laBomake – Women’s Voices: A Yebo ArtReach Project in Swaziland

Yesterday I took a kombi to Swaziland National Museum in Lobamba to see the Women’s Voices exhibit. Organized by Aleta Armstrong, owner of Yebo Gallery, the exhibit was a combination of creativity and community women’s voices. “I invited rural women … Continue reading

Maureen and Chelsey Smith, feeling a little patriotic at the debrief workshop.

Understanding the Process of Transition: The Crossroads Debriefing Workshop

Coming back from an overseas mandate is challenging. Experiencing the abundance of North American society, the waste, the seemingly petty concerns (TTC stalled, grocery store out of my brand of coffee) versus the hard reality of Swaziland (poverty, HIV/AIDS, rampant … Continue reading

Running Game

WHAT BEING IN A GIRLS EMPOWERMENT CLUB MEANS

These are a few snippets, taken from visits to the Girls Empowerment Clubs with  SWAGAA’s Doreen Ngwenya, GEC coordinator, a few weeks ago…. Mabheleni Primary School is off a dirt road winding far into the countryside north of Mbabane. We … Continue reading