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Citizen of the World

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A World Citizen is a human being who lives intellectually, morally and physically in the present. A World Citizen accepts the dynamic fact that the planetary human community is interdependent and whole, that humankind is essentially one. 

I recently came across the above credo on a website titled "World Goverment for World Citizens" where one could "register" to become a world citizen.  This organization, created …

Rwanda

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Many of you have asked me “What are you going to be doing in Rwanda?”  Well, in short I am going to be assessing the surgical, anesthesia and pharmacy capacity of the district hospitals …

Change or Growth?

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations." 

— Anais Nin

        As most of my friends and family know (and unendingly tease me about), I am constantly changing.  So I started to think about the reasons why… why do I crave change? Why …

Defining Humanitarian

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        What does it mean to me to be a humanitarian?  This question has been on my mind for the last few months.  The more I write on this blog, the more I have a need to sort this …

Back to Reality: More questions?

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We’ve been back two days.  I have settled back into my home with all the luxuries that most Americans enjoy:  air-conditioning, smooth roads, digital television, closets full of clothes, …

Dominican Republic

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           Our last day…  We had just had a wonderful morning playing baseball with over 200 kids and six baseball players from the States (Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds …

Haiti: Returning to the DR

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Buenas noches desde Santiago. Hoy ha sido un largo día de viaje!

We left Cap Haitian around 8am and arrived in Santiago around 6pm so after 8-9 hours of traveling, I am finally settling …

Haiti: Justinian Hospital

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Bon Soir from Haiti! I am sitting in a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean doing yoga on a cool wood deck.

Today we went to visit the Justinian Hospital. We rounded with the doctors …

Haiti: Innercity Cap Haitian

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Bonjour d’Haiti!  Il est brillant et au debut ici.  Yes, I am working on my French!  I have even been counseling some of the easier patients myself!  

Yesterday we set up two clinics …

Haiti: Juana Mendez

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    I am writing this on the road back from a small village near the Haitian-DR border. Amazing technology! As we started our day, Dr. Beyda reminded us of the importance of random …

Haiti: Limbe'

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Sitting in our room after a long, long day Sandey and I are reading about Haiti. It turns out that Cap Haitian is where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492… what he thought was the …

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Good morning from Haiti! It is just after 5 in the morning but I couldn’t sleep. Yesterday was our first day of clinic. We traveled to a remote area about an hour from Cap Haitian …

Haiti: On Halloween

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The trip into Haiti was tough. Three hours from Santiago to the border on bumpy, sometimes unpaved roads. We had minimal trouble crossing the actual border. We crossed Massacre River (…

Dominican Republic & Haiti: Itinerary

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We leave tomorrow, October 30th, 2009 for Haiti. 22 US team members and 25-35 local team members. We expect to see over 2500 patients and will be traveling to some pretty remote …

Ethiopia...

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Instead of recreating my old blog here... I just wanted to send a link back to my old blog site.  It is interesting to go back, read old blogs and see how the insights from past …

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