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A New Beginning

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4½ years ago I was living in Northern Ireland on a work visa. I was having the time of my life when I fell off a horse and compressed a vertebrae in my spine.

My trip was cut short and I was sent home to Canada in a body cast. During my 5 month recovery, I decided what I wanted to do with my life. I wanted to make a difference in the world.

I am in a fairly constant state of pain but if I learned anything from breaking my back it’s that life is short and you must follow your dreams now.

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Bridging the Gap in Jamaica

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The Blue Mountain Project grew out of a 1994 college service learning trip to Hagley Gap, in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.

At that time, one of the students wrote in her journal, “I am coming back here some day and somehow I’m going to make things better.”

Ten years later she began a non-profit organization to build a clinic in Hagley Gap and to do other development work in the village.

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Rebuilding Homes after Katrina

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In January 2007, I returned to Moss Point, Mississippi to help people who, eighteen months after Hurricane Katrina, are still working to return to their homes.

I was part of a 10-person construction team assigned to houses that had been stripped bare of rotting drywall, flooring, wiring, plumbing, household appliances, and furniture, all of which had been piled high at the curb, waiting for transport to some unknown destination.

Our team was there to breathe life back into the barren walls and offer hope to residents who had been left on the ragged edge.

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Under Pressure

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In the year 2000, 191 members of the United Nations promised to fulfill eight goals of development by 2015. The goals pertain to the reduction of poverty, environmental sustainability and to women’s development.

In the spring of 2007, I was working at a clinic. Though, I felt I was helping, I couldn’t also help but feel that I was making a rich doctor more money.

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Empowering Women & Girls

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Since 1978 the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor have endeavored to meet the needs of those living in poverty stricken areas of the U.S. as well as internationally in Brazil, Italy and Senegal.

Their work has led them to develop countless programs to better the lives of the many poor and underserved women and young girls living in perilous situations.

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Poli, Slowly, Making a Difference

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The Opportunity Fund for Developing Countries (OFDC), a grassroots organization, empowers the lives of poor women and children by providing training and microcredit (income generating) loans to women, educational assistance to children, and improved healthcare to all, through village collaborative programs that are culturally and environmentally sensitive.

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