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Reflections from the U.S.-Mexico Border in this time of Pandemic

July 10, 2020

One day back in the fall, I was watching as a new group of asylum seekers arrived at the shelter after being released from ICE detention. They came off the ICE bus with their heads hanging low, their few meager belongings clutched in their hands, their children clinging to their legs. They took a seat in the pews and their …

Beekeeping: an unexpected lifeline in Paraguay

July 8, 2020

Indigenous communities have lived in the Gran Chaco region of Paraguay for centuries. And for most of that time, families had lots of ways to earn a living. They hunted, fished, ate local fruits, consumed local honey and made crafts. This lifestyle was largely possible because they could move freely across the vast region. It wasn’t an easy way of …

Building Resilience in the Face of Cascading Disasters in Kenya

June 25, 2020

In 2016 and 2017, many parts of Kenya suffered through long, ravaging droughts. In 2018 and 2019, climate change flipped this vicious cycle, and heavy rains wreaked havoc on many of the same areas. Among the affected areas was West Pokot County, in Kenya’s North Rift region. During the extended droughts, crops failed and livestock died. An increasing number of …

Marking World Environment Day in the Time of Crisis

Allen Ottaro | June 5, 2020

By Guest Contributor Allen Ottaro, Executive Director at Catholic Youth Network for Environmental Sustainability in Africa (CYNESA) This year’s World Environment Day, whose theme is “Time for Nature,” comes against the backdrop of the dramatic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how it has transformed life as we were accustomed to. Perhaps it is also time to examine not just …

A very special delivery in Honduras

June 4, 2020

Over the last few months, so many of our activities have become virtual. We’ve seen virtual proms, virtual weddings, virtual game nights and more. But here’s one you may not have thought of: in Honduras, my longtime colleague Cesar is helping families virtually as their cows give birth. The coronavirus pandemic took longer to reach Latin America than many other …