Check out the recent article Shanna wrote, featured on both the Columbia University alumni website and on their alumni blog: ColumbiaYou The word is still getting out there! Stay tuned for some updates.
Yesterday, our school principal showed me a photo: a trail of blood, an unidentifiable heap of body parts, and a street full of debris. The next photo showed a dead man's face covered in blood. The photos were much more gruesome than anything that's usually published. These weren't newspaper photos; they were from his friends … Continue reading Terror doesn’t rest
In just 5 days, the Armando Aid team has seen vast improvements in our little fledgling school. This is the first week of classes with a full set of 5 teachers. Before this week, Maria and Ruth had been teaching 46 children and organizing everything just between the two of them, bless their souls. For two weeks, … Continue reading Farsi for “sit down, please” is “lotfan, bishin”
The camp we're working at is filled with mostly Afghan asylum-seekers and a few Iranis who have recently arrived. New busloads of refugees and asylum seekers came twice already this week, doubling our school and filling up the warehouse. The camp was originally just tents on the lot around an abandoned factory. Now, the … Continue reading “Afghans are humans, too.”
We are so busy already that we've barely had time to rest, much less write and/or eat feta cheese! But we love our dear supporters and followers, so we want to tell you a little bit about our impressions so far. Seeing how far behind these kids are already falling in school is very discouraging. … Continue reading Update: Day #2
While driving through Spain, we got the opportunity to interview Sonia Pedrosa, one of Cristian's best friends. Sonia is a doctor doing her psychiatry residency in Zaragoza, and she took her vacation to work in the refugee camp in Greece. In this video, she talks about what we can do about the refugee crisis, and … Continue reading Interview with Sonia
We are excited to announce the new Pocket Philosophies project! This summer, Cristian and I (Shanna) are traveling from Spain to Greece by car (and maybe ferry) to work in a refugee camp north of Athens. Along the way, we will be talking to people, taking pictures and reflecting on the journey through different countries, … Continue reading New Project: EU Refugee and Migration Crisis