octubre 8, 2014
TALKING AND WRITING ABOUT UNIVERSAL THOUGHTS

TALKING AND WRITING ABOUT UNIVERSAL THOUGHTS

Geovany and Leydi are siblings. They live in Huizucar, and Emilio lives in San José Villanueva. Both cities are rural areas that belong to the…

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octubre 7, 2014
WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

WHY SHOULD WE CARE?

The front story on this morning’s New York Times’ website A Smuggled Girl’s Odyssey of False Promises and Fear tells 16-year-old Cecilia’s story. Cecilia, like so many…

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septiembre 16, 2014
HOW DO YOU SAY “LITERACY” IN SPANISH?

HOW DO YOU SAY “LITERACY” IN SPANISH?

Last week, September 8, was International Literacy Day. How do you translate International Literacy Day to Spanish? We can’t figure it out. Literacy, a word…

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septiembre 8, 2014
EL DÍA DEL NIÑO (Y LA NIÑA)

EL DÍA DEL NIÑO (Y LA NIÑA)

Tomorrow is El Día del Niño/a in El Salvador. The Day of the Child. Three years ago, just as we started planning the Santa Tecla…

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septiembre 8, 2014
BANNED BOOKS WEEK

BANNED BOOKS WEEK

«Destroying things is much easier than making them.» –The Hunger Games, one of the «most challenged» books of 2013. And part of the ConTextos core…

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septiembre 8, 2014
«I’M CONVINCED»

«I’M CONVINCED»

Yesterday, Lindsay and I had the pleasure of visiting Grade 6 at the Academia Británica Cuscatleca, what we call the British School. (They don’t say sixth…

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septiembre 3, 2014
BUENOS AIRES

BUENOS AIRES

I’m in Buenos Aires for a conference on Service Learning, presenting the Babayan Story Project, an initiative ConTextos’ has helped launch with Harvard Professor Kiku Adatto. I…

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agosto 8, 2014
“WHILE WRITING MY STORY, I REALIZED THAT MY MOTHER LEFT NOT BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T LOVE ME, BUT BECAUSE SHE DID!” SAID KATHERINE, ABOUT THE PROCESS OF WRITING HER MEMOIR “A LARGA DISTANCIA” OR LONG DISTANCE, IN ENGLISH.

“WHILE WRITING MY STORY, I REALIZED THAT MY MOTHER LEFT NOT BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T LOVE ME, BUT BECAUSE SHE DID!” SAID KATHERINE, ABOUT THE PROCESS OF WRITING HER MEMOIR “A LARGA DISTANCIA” OR LONG DISTANCE, IN ENGLISH.

“While writing my story, I realized that my mother left not because she didn’t love me, but because she did!” said Katherine, about the process…

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julio 15, 2014
52,193 KIDS AT THE BORDER

52,193 KIDS AT THE BORDER

It’s all over the news and everyone agrees: we must get at the root of the problem to understand why these 52,193 kids have crossed…

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julio 8, 2014
MY TWO HOMES

MY TWO HOMES

This week I was on WBEZ Worldview with Jerome McDonnell talking about ConTextos in context of the current humanitarian crisis on the US border: 57,000…

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julio 8, 2014
T-SHIRTS: A KEY STEP IN RUNNING A NON-PROFIT

T-SHIRTS: A KEY STEP IN RUNNING A NON-PROFIT

It’s one of those things I never would have anticipated: three years into running the organization, and getting t-shirts becomes a serious inflection point. I’m…

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julio 1, 2014
47,000 UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH HAVE CROSSED THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE US SINCE OCTOBER. MOST FROM CENTRAL AMERICA.

47,000 UNDOCUMENTED YOUTH HAVE CROSSED THE SOUTHERN BORDER OF THE US SINCE OCTOBER. MOST FROM CENTRAL AMERICA.

I look at the image above, a screen shot from a CNN piece about this “humanitarian issue” and immediately notice that this kid—maybe Salvadoran or Guatemalan or…

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