An act of affection in a moment of violence

It’s interesting to see how one culture’s normal activities may seem brutal or cruel in contrast to another. Take, for example, this particular afternoon spent in Banaue, Central Luzon, Philippines. We visited a very remote traditional rice-farming village nestled in the serene valley outside of Banaue, and lived, if for only an afternoon, as they do. For these gentle people, the act of killing a live chicken with your bare hands is just a daily chore – something as naturalRead more

Donate to the victims of Typhoon Ondoy in Manila, Philippines

Imagine: Your children missing, being forced to drink from typhoid-infested flood waters, having your children experience life-threatening diarrhea and fevers that without treatment could prove fatal, losing everything you own, having nothing at all to feed your loved ones for days on end, and looking into your child’s eyes, knowing you may not be able to provide for them. Now, imagine your own life and how fortunate you are. How lucky you are to have clothes on your back, aRead more

Unfortunate incidents

Two days ago, an Indonesian co-worker died from complications related to surgery (malpractice was whispered more than once). He was laid to rest shortly thereafter and a memorial service was held last night. The younger sister of two other Indonesian co-workers was visiting the memorial, and on her way home via motorcycle was hit by a large truck; killed instantly. Terrible coincidence. Both had families and children. I don’t know what else to say.Read more

Saving the lives of malnourished children

I received an email from a representative from the organization, International Medical Corps. I’ll post the email below and perhaps you could take a moment and help vote for their cause. Hi there, Brandon My organization, International Medical Corps, has the ability to save the lives of malnourished children around the world and we just received some very exciting news. We have been nominated to be one of the Top 25 in American Express’ Projects, “Saving the Lives of MalnourishedRead more

Care for the sick tests Indonesia's health

The following article is quoted from UPI-AsiaOnline. Ripped off from Irene’s Facebook link to the article. Rangga, a 4-month-old boy weighing only 1.4 kilograms (3 pounds), was diagnosed as suffering from malnutrition by the local doctor in the West Java town of Kedaton, Indonesia, and was referred to Arjawinangun Hospital in Cirebon Regency for further treatment. The request for treatment was rejected by the hospital, however, and the child was taken home. The reason given for denying treatment was thatRead more