Stories

Learning Outside the Lines

The first time I stepped out of a canoe and into a classroom in the Bosawas, Nicaragua to assist a dental brigade, I never would have imagined that a few years later, that sam... The first time I stepped out of a canoe and into a classroom in the Bosawas, Nicaragua to assist a d...

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The Role of Women is Critical

The role of women is critical in shaping an equal future. #InternationalWomensDay Women bring irreplaceable contributions to decisions, policies, and laws when their experienc... The role of women is critical in shaping an equal future. #InternationalWomensDay Women bring irrepl...

In The Field

From Canada this February

It feels a little strange to be writing a February message from Canadian soil this year. Our dental and optometry brigades typically occur in February (sometimes January, some... It feels a little strange to be writing a February message from Canadian soil this year. Our dental ...

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Safeguarding Language: Preserving Cultural Diversity

It is 2013, and I am visiting the BOSAWAS, Nicaragua, for the first time. I scribble down phonetic abominations of Miskito words in my pocket notebook. I offer up my mispronou... It is 2013, and I am visiting the BOSAWAS, Nicaragua, for the first time. I scribble down phonetic a...

In The Field

Sindia Speaks from Experience

When Sindia urges youth in her homecommunity of Siminka in the BOSAWAS to stay in school, it is fair to say that she herself speaks from experience. When she equips teachers w... When Sindia urges youth in her homecommunity of Siminka in the BOSAWAS to stay in school, it is fair...

In The Field

My Voice; Our Equal Future

Five years ago, Ligia Lopez was volunteering on climate change and risk reduction projects in rural communities in Nicaragua, while at the same time building her skills in the... Five years ago, Ligia Lopez was volunteering on climate change and risk reduction projects in rural ...

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Water is Life. Wash your hands.

Wash your hands has been the mantra from the start of the pandemic. But what happens when washing your hands isn’t as easy as turning on the faucet and lathering up, or as sim... Wash your hands has been the mantra from the start of the pandemic. But what happens when washing yo...

In The Field

Knowledge is Power in Isolated Communities

This principle is at the heart of our Technology and Training for Quality and Equality in the Bosawas project, funded by the Fund for Innovation and Transformation (FIT), wher... This principle is at the heart of our Technology and Training for Quality and Equality in the Bosawa...

In The Field

The Same. But Different.

The henna intricately scribed on my forearm fades with the first soapy lather back on Canadian soil. The tan lines on my feet, I discover, weren’t tan lines at all, as the las... The henna intricately scribed on my forearm fades with the first soapy lather back on Canadian soil....

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