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5 Reasons Why I Loved #WhatWorks2015

Just a few weeks ago our Oregon Partners, led by our Chairman of the Board, Karen Graham, hosted a dynamite conference that brought together over 120 people representing 34 Partners Chapters and 6 community organizations. This event was truly one of the highlights of my career at Partners and a landmark moment in our ability to connect and share effective practices across our network.  

Past Partners Legislative Fellow Changes the Future for Disabled Women in Haiti

Doudly Elius was visiting America from Haiti during his Partners of the Americas Legislative Fellow program in 2013 when he developed a motor disability. “I struggled a lot to walk, to climb stairs, or even to raise myself up from a chair,” Elius said. Still, New Jersey, where he was stationed, was well-equipped to support his needs.

Past Kellogg Fellow Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Alex Truesdell, founder of Adaptive Design Association, was awarded a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship early this week. The award, commonly known as the “genius award,” grants Truesdell $625,000 to advance her organization’s work.  The grant is paid over five years and unlike other grants, there are no strings attached. There are no guidelines and no progress reports expected. It is purely meant to inspire creativity and mobility.

Empowering Women in Coffee

This blog is reposted from Partners of the Americas' Farmer-to-Farmer blog.

Women in Haiti play a valuable and important role in the country’s coffee sector. They are actively involved in the production, export and selling of coffee, but having minimal access to land, credit, training, and leaderships positions due to gender-based inequities limits their economic opportunities. 

Including It All: Exploring Accessibility in Diamantina

Dr. Ana Palla-Kane is a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland. Dr. Palla-Kane works with teachers in the development of strategies to make physical activity programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Through Partners’ Sport for Community program, she served as mentor to Dr. Priscila Lopes, an emerging leader in Brazil who works at the Federal University of the Jequitinhonha and Mucuri Valleys.

Arriving in Diamantina, Brazil, was an adventure. The historic city in the state of Minas Gerais is about four and half hours by car from the state capital of Belo Horizonte. Roads with beautiful views and landscapes took us to the heart of Brazilian history, where a gorgeous June sunset greeted us.

What Works! Brings Together Students From Across the Americas

This past 10th and 11th of September, Partners members, volunteers, board members, and staff gathered from all over the Americas in the beautiful state of Oregon for our What Works! conference hosted by our Oregon-Costa Rica chapter. The event was created to bring our chapter members from North America, Latin America, and the Caribbean together to share experiences and ideas, and to form new alliances with each other.

Partners Teacher Leads Beautification Effort in Panama

When I was selected to be one of the 18 English teachers for the inaugural Panama Teacher Match program through Partners of the Americas, I knew I was in for an adventure. I had requested to be sent to a rural area, but everything about my placement was a mystery. This was the summer adventure I was craving! The unknown was the beauty of the experience! I never expected to fall so in love with the community.

A Week in the Life of a Mother Leader

Marie Guerline Ostine is a Mother Leader each and every day of the week. Living in Carrefour, one of greater Port-au-Prince’s four districts, Ms. Ostine continually serves her neighbors by providing nutrition and health education through the Haiti Nutrition Security Program (NSP).

Partners & One World Play Project: A Life-Changing Partnership

When the children of the community of Tiracancha, resting high in the Andes Mountains in Cusco, Peru, received 50 indestructible One World Futbols, they rejoiced at the fact that they will never have to scavenge for another soccer ball again. Games at the school were often cut short when makeshift soccer balls fell flat, and a pump to re-inflate them was a foreign concept.

U.S.-Brazil Exchange Expands Coach Training for Blind Athletes

As executive director of the U.S. Association of Blind Athletes (USABA), Mark Lucas has met scores of people involved in sports—he’s even met Brazilians. “The Brazilian people are so incredibly friendly and insanely passionate about their soccer, I mean football,” he joked.

Joven Lucha por la Sustentabilidad de Yucatán

Actualmente trabajo en los proyectos de mi agrupación que son pláticas en escuelas sobre temas ambientales, colocación de botes de basura en zonas públicas, operativos de limpieza y reciclaje de desechos (basura), limpieza de playa, taller “caja ecológica” versión yo por el medio ambiente de la caja mágica del proyecto Ventana a la Diversidad, como metodología de diagnóstico participativo.

Former Youth Ambassador Chosen to Represent Colombia Abroad

My name is Danilo Angulo Molina. I am 17 years old and from Plato Magdalena, Colombia. Last October I had the opportunity to be a Youth Ambassador in the U.S. for one month, traveling to both Washington D.C. and Arkansas, and to also serve as a representative for one week at a conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Are We ‘Climate-Changing’ Our Ways?

"Climate change is not a problem for another generation, not anymore," President Barack Obama stated during the Clean Energy Power Plan announcement on August 3, 2015.

This statement sent chills down my arms as I watched President Obama's announcement. The Pentagon now considers climate change to be an immediate threat to U.S. national security. This action plan aims to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of renewable energy by 32% by 2030 compared to the 2005 levels.

La ilusión de triunfar, aún difícil para el más fuerte

Aún recuerdo como hace seis meses, cuando estaba comenzando mi semestre de pre práctica, soñaba con conseguir una oportunidad laboral envidiable para muchos y enriquecedora para mi. Era un sueño que sabía tenía que cumplir.

Launching Guatemalan Peanuts to the Next Level Through Integrated Marketing

My partner, Jennifer Rangel and I are graduate students at Florida State University. Jennifer is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Media and Communication Studies and I am pursuing a Master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communication. We both have a passion for travel and helping others so we were thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Farmer-to-Farmer program in Guatemala this summer.The Farmer-to-Farmer Program is implemented by Partners of the Americas and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

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