A Look Back on 2017

This is a look back on the organizations we wrote about in 2017... The founders and visionaries, staff and volunteers of these organizations continue to inspire as they work on important social problems and create positive change in the world. It should come as no surprise that Danielle Butin, founder of AFYA, responded to the... Continue Reading →


Seeking a Better Life

Haroon came to this country in late 2014 from Afghanistan with his wife and children.   They first settled in Baltimore, where they felt unprepared and in shock, but hopeful for a better future. Haroon worked as a translator/fixer for war correspondents at NBC News in Kabul during 2001-2003.  He had accompanied news correspondents to... Continue Reading →

Leading By Example

Jane Leu, founder of Upwardly Global (UpGlo), believes in the potential of immigrants and a globally diverse workforce.  She grew a network of forward thinking corporate partners and helped them examine their institutional frameworks and ask themselves if their practices are inclusive or exclusive to create positive lasting change. Jane was an Assistant Director in... Continue Reading →


A Refugee Story

When Meg Karki was 3 years old, his family fled their home country of Bhutan and spent the next 19 years in a refugee camp in Nepal.  There, Meg went to school, studied and grew up.  They lived among 1400 hundred families in a bamboo thatched hut provided by a refugee agency.  He said life... Continue Reading →


Collaborating to design a place of hope

  I had the privilege to speak with Sam Bishop, head of Research and Communications at Montaag, a design firm in Berkeley, California.  Montaag was chosen by the founders of 1951 Coffee, Rachel Taber and Doug Hewitt, to design their unique mission-driven coffee shop.  After the team at Montaag heard 1951's clear mission, impact and challenge,... Continue Reading →


Refugees Supported, Refugees Cherished and Refugees Welcome!

Refugees supported, refugees cherished and refugees welcome is the sign on 1951 Coffee Company, a coffee shop staffed exclusively by refugees in the San Francisco Bay area. The coffee shop takes its name from the 1951 Refugee Convention, the year the United Nations established its guidelines for the legal obligations of the protection of refugees.... Continue Reading →


You First, Work Second

For my last post about AFYA, I thought it was fitting to go to the warehouse in Yonkers. There, I met Danielle Butin, the Founder of AFYA and the volunteers who sort, pack, store and label the myriad of medical equipment and supplies that will be sent to developing countries.  In her wisdom, Danielle finds... Continue Reading →


Awake and Aware: Saving Medical Supplies To Save People

AFYA means health in Kiswahili, the language spoken in East Africa.  Danielle Butin, Founder and Executive Director of AFYA, is a dynamic visionary who heard the stories of people who were in need and answered with saving and delivering medical supplies around the globe. She is awake and aware, and couples her leadership skills with the art of listening.... Continue Reading →


Compassion vs Fear

According to the United Nations, Syrians are now the world's largest refugee population.  11 million Syrians have fled their homes in a country of 22 million people.  More than 250,000 people have died since the violence broke out in Syria in 2011. Is shunning refugees the answer to combating terror?  One could argue that fear... Continue Reading →


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