My RESPONSE…. CBS INTERVIEW SEAN PENN ON ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF DRUGS….

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/el-chapo-guzman-sean-penn-talks-about-controversial-secret-interview-with-mexican- drug-lord/ Also, see 60 Minutes on the future Sunday program ( Jan 17th , 2016) http://www.cbsnews.com/60-minutes/ type in words Sean Penn TERRY THEAIDWORKER 2 hours ago as stated on CBS Blog Jan 15th Sean Penn is well spoken, thoughtful, and understands poverty...

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Advancing Literacy Outcomes for Children with Disabilities in India

Benetech’s mission is to serve communities in need by creating scalable technology solutions. As the operator of Bookshare, we are working diligently to extend our reach across borders to the international community. While technological breakthroughs are creating new opportunities and lowering barriers for society as aTerry Jenna with project team members in India...

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RE-ENTRY to AMERICA: ASSIMILATING BACK HOME

Expatriate Returns: My First Christmas Party in America! This blog post is athank you to my new colleagues at Benetech who have welcomed me home after more than three decades of living abroad. As an aidworker and social ‘intrapreneur,’ my life in far-flung locations has required me to be in countries with a variety of legal, social, economic, cultural, and...

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In Memory of the AIDWORKERS with MSF—– DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS

        In Memory of the AIDWORKERS with MSF—– DOCTORS WITHOUT BORDERS I am shocked and saddened by the tragic loss of the professionals serving the AFGHAN people. I send my condolences to MSF, families who have lost their love ones , and the AFGHAN people.

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LOG EIGHT: WILLIE— In Memory

The term ‘medical tourism’ took on a completely personal meaning in Addis Ababa because of Willie Maire, the surrogate father to Shirley: part of my extended family. Willie and Shirley Papua New Guineans (PNG). Shirley a part of my family but residing in Port Moresby. My expertise is in corporate social responsibility and engagement, as well as in health. The project...

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LOG SEVEN: Never leave home without leaving in peace and saying GOOD-BYE In Memory of Nancy, my dearest cousin (19 April 1953- 17 April 2015)

From the comfort of my family home, I continue my thread of thought on being overly ambitious to think that I would write my blog while working on assignment. And, that this assignment taught me that with age comes a change in ones ambitions to do more than less. Doing more would have meant 14 hour days vs. 12 hour days, and getting a blog a night out of me when I was...

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LOG SIX: Overly Ambitious Was I !!!!!

The last blog was written on the eve of attending the African Women’s Global Summit that now seems miles away from where I sit now in the United Kingdom. When it comes to my blog, all I can say is “Isn’t this always the way it is!!!!!” With all intent and ambition I thought I would be writing my blog throughout my journey into Addis’s business and health...

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LOG FIVE: Difficult Roads Unbelievable Opportunities

Difficult roads lead sometimes to unbelievable opportunities…. There are 100 stories for my few 18 days of work… Since stepping off the plane in Addis Ababa I have driven miles of backside roads visiting hospitals and clinics with no end in sight. I have not stopped driving this project forward, talking to people, or being an observer of life on Addis...

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Log Four: The Benefit of Being Delayed Enroute

Crazy as it may sound, I love having a delayed flight in a foreign country. Everyone else may complain when grounded because they may feel ‘put off and inconvenienced’ by the weather or staff problems or anything else that caused the delay, but I don’t complain. I just get on with it and accept the delay as a gift of time. This chosen behavior keeps me from...

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Log 3: Superstition…….

Prepping for a trip means putting your eggs in order and facing your fears….. Like a dozen eggs lined up in two rows, prepping for this trip required me to think through my risk, to list and check off the TO DO’s, which on this specific journey have included updating my Last Document and Will, making sure my family have copies of my accounts, titles, and other...

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Log 2—Pre Flight Jitters

Readers might be surprised to know this, but in over 30 years working abroad I have never left my mothers home for a new assignment, except on my maiden voyage to Taiwan on my first flight to Asia. Since 1981 I have always been working and leaving from my own residence, with my own immediate family, my own home help and my own teams of employees surrounding and supporting...

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Ethiopia 2015 – Short term assignment in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Some where in the fall of 2014 I saw a advertisement for a short-term technical health role in Addis Ababa. The project description similar to a project I worked on three years past for USAID. But this assignment for a private sector group ‘Human Dynamics’ based in Austria under contract for the European Union. Like with other applications once they are emailed out...

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NAVIGATING GRAY WATERS…….

The Aid Worker Cares….. Navigating patients through the health care system whether in a developing, emerging, or industrialized nation is far from a pleasant blue water sail… For each there is risk. Today the health system(s) that exist are like shifting winds, changing tides— unpredictable.  Everyday can be gray. Different. Steering patients ahead as...

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Not wanting to admit

Not wanting to admit… The story of Gabriel’s message of sight……….. When ones work is in the field working as an aid worker, humanitarian, missionary or journalist in far flung poor locations of the world or urban ghettos or at times of natural disaster or war, the scenes of deprivation the worker views can be horrendous. And, they can be those...

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POVERTY – Gabriel Blind

I hide I am invisible to most who pass me. I am young in my 20’s I am loosing my eyesight with cataracts that need to be operated on. I live in the bushes hiding from the police in a city that frowns on the HOMELESS…. I am scared I am hungry And, I am truly in need. Who cares? Seems no one. I am passed on the street by 99% of the working people Too busy to look...

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EASTER ALLOWANCES

In new life at Easter my spirit is alive and clear. I am aware change is in progress. I am aware of giving in and letting go. And, that in my faith I will be guided. Just as a bee is guided to collect pollen for the hive and queen mother, I have been collecting my thoughts and discussing the meaning of life with my own mother. Having just experienced a period of time...

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TREE RINGS

Only since my return to the States have I realized that my life as an expat has been shaded by my field experiences. To me death is close enough to touch. But to Americans who share my life in California, death and aging is a topic not near to their heart, not part of their daily awareness (except avoidance of it). Tree Rings, a picture shot by German photographer Josef...

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POVERTY – South Pacific Sister and Brothers

Water Blue Silver Sparkles Shimmering Day Delight…. Reflection Strong Against black skin Two children One a teen girl The other a preschool boy Arm in arm… Bismarck Sea Far from no where She stands between two separate islands Their homeland…. Their eyes clear Their smiles wide They are delighted with our presence Unexpected… We not surprised by...

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POVERTY – Yolanda

Yolanda…. HaiYan…. November 8th Dark Furious Rain But far from the eye of the storm Friday, November 8th Umbrella blowing sideways Cat like eyes inside the drawer of a garbage bin So it seemed at first glace. But wrong I was… A child A boy Maybe age ten Soaking wet Dirty Trampling black plastic bags For food For items of worth For money No storm for...

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POVERTY – War Veteran

      I sit in the library. I read the newspaper daily. The air conditioner is my friend. The librarian is my neighbor. She smiles every day I walk in and greets me with a big hello. She is my only true friend. I am 68 I am a retired veteran of Vietnam I have not worked for 45 years. My last job was the war. Agent orange destroyed my mind first and since...

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